Santos vs Pirates: Can David slay Goliath?

2014-03-21 15:16

The Nedbank Cup last 16 clash between Orlando Pirates and Santos at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town tonight (6pm) will be a classic David versus Goliath tale, says the hosts’ coach David Notoane.

“We’ve got nothing to lose. I told my players to believe that we can slay Pirates, just as David did to Goliath in the Biblical script,” said Notoane, a devoted Zion Christian Church member.

“In Pirates, we are playing Bafana Bafana and the only difference is that coach Gordon Igesund won’t be on the bench.”

This, he said, was to point out the difference in experience between the two sides, despite the fact that Santos are now campaigning in the National First Division.

Notoane, a former Santos striker during his playing days, said he also reminded his players that this fixture was a good window to market themselves.

Santos have always proved tough customers for Pirates.

Their last meeting was in March 2012 – the same season Santos was relegated – and it was a game Pirates will never forget, as they lost 3-0.

On the occasions the Buccaneers won, it was always by the narrowest of margins.

Notoane said his team were also counting on the Cape doctor, as conditions in the Mother City always act against visiting sides from inland.

But Santos will be without their experienced defenders Nasief Morris and Touch Mabaso, who are both serving suspensions.

Meanwhile, Pirates have the Nedbank Cup as a chance to salvage at least one piece of silverware this season, now that they are virtually out of the race for the Absa Premiership title.

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