Pirates ‘will be too much to handle’

2013-09-27 00:00

ORLANDO Pirates, who are tipped to edge Platinum Stars in the MTN8 final at Moses Mabhida Stadium tomorrow night, have revealed that the experience gained on the continent has helped them a great deal.

Pirates head to the cup showdown on the back of an impressive run in the Caf African Champions League.

The Buccaneers have reached the semi-final stages and are now on the verge of adding the top eight cup to their cabinet.

Bucs assistant coach Teboho Moloi put their tricky road to the final against underdogs Stars to the experience gained by playing in Africa.

“We have benefited by participating in the Champions League. It showed against Chiefs when we came back strongly in the second half to snatch the equaliser. At the rate we are going, I think we’ll be too much to handle for Platinum Stars,” said Moloi.

Moloi, who was in a bullish mood during yesterday’s media briefing in Durban, said Stars’ impressive run in the competition did not concern Pirates.

The North West-based side’s road to the final has been thrilling as they scored six goals (6-3 aggregate against Bidvest Wits) while Pirates’ form in front of goal has been lukewarm.

In a bid to belittle Stars’ good work, Moloi took a jibe at his counterpart Willem Jackson, saying “Platinum Stars have been scoring against teams that are not championship material. We are not concerned about scoring goals because we score from every angle,” he said.

After absorbing the verbal punches, a cool Jackson rose up to fire a warning of his own.

“We are not here to make up numbers. We have reached the final. We have prepared well and are expecting an open final,” he said.

“It would mean a lot to the team to win the cup. It’s time we got rewarded for our efforts from last season and this season. The boys are pumped and are ready for war.”

Moloi went on to warn PSL teams that Bucs are out to reclaim all their trophies they lost last season, starting with the MTN 8 Cup.

The match kicks off at 7 pm.

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