Pirates to sail after drought

2010-10-10 16:19

Just as it is stated in the ­biblical scriptures, Orlando Pirates’ seven years of ­hunger came and went.

This summarises the belief of defender Ruben Cloete, who in only his seventh official appearance for Pirates was part of the team that won an addition to their sparse trophy ­cabinet.

After seven years without any silverware – and a decade without any knockout trophy – Pirates ended their drought last Saturday.

Having last been led to the the winners’ podium by Mbulelo Mabizela when they bagged the 2002/03 league title – preceded by Thabo Mngomeni lifting the 2000 BP Top 8 – Bucs are back to their winning ways.

Leftback Cloete believes that the MTN8 victory over Moroka Swallows last weekend will be followed by ­seven years of plenty.

Cloete, who has featured in every game since joining Pirates – four in the MTN8 and three in the league – said last week’s win could mark the approach of a warm front that will get hotter at Pirates.

“It is a great feeling to be part of a team that has won a trophy for Pirates after such a long time. For a big club like Pirates, this should be happening every time, not just once in a while.”

Like Cloete, Daine Klate, Ezenwa Otorogu and Clifford Ngobeni have only been with Pirates for seven games, but they have already ensured that the trophy cabinet is cleared of dust.

Cloete, who won his only other gold medal with Santos following victory in the then Absa Cup in 2003, said the end of the seven-year starvation period meant that Pirates players should strive to keep the Happy People perpetually in seventh heaven.

“Given the quality of the team that we have, we should be able to do more than just one trophy. As a big team, our objective is to win trophies. “But it won’t be easy.

We will try by all means to pursue this objective,” said Cloete, who has played in all 660 minutes of Pirates’ games this season.

Cloete has assumed ownership of the leftback slot with a little help from regular Lucas Thwala’s injury.

“I am just embracing the opportunity given to me and the confidence shown by the technical team,” he said.

With Cloete confident of more silverware, the next ­opportunity for him and his team-mates to showcase their stuff is the Telkom Knockout, which will be launched tomorrow.


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