Pirates hope to give Senzo a proper send off

2014-11-08 00:00

ORLANDO Pirates are set to host SuperSport United in a Telkom Knockout Cup semi-final clash today, starting at 8.15 pm.

For the Buccaneers, they head into the clash without their influential goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa.

Looking at the United camp, they’re on a high after their midweek victory over Moroka Swallows in the league, but that will not count in a cup game, especially one as important as this.

According to defender Ayanda ­Gcaba, the two-week break has brought ups and downs in their camp but they are focused on delivering their best on the pitch.

“We can’t complain about the break. We’ve been keeping busy, on and off the field, playing and training,” said Gcaba.

“We’re trying our best to recover from the tragic loss of Senzo and focus on the game.

“We believe we’ll be ready. We’ll give it our best and see how it goes tonight. We want to score goals and play our normal game.

“It will be good to win, reach the final and give our fallen hero a proper send off.”

To the Amatsantsantsa defender Thabo September, the game against the Sea Robbers is different from the game against Swallows.

“The league is different from a cup game because these games require a different plan,” he said.

“The coach will come with a plan suitable for this cup game, it’s a cup semi-final and obviously we’d like to progress to the final.

“This game requires our mental strength and we just have to give it our all. It’s tough for us as well to play Pirates after what happened with Senzo but we’ll try to do well.”

Should the Buccaneers win, they are set to reach their sixth consecutive final, while coach Gordon Igesund is set to face his former employers for the first time after joining United.

• Pirates v SuperSport is telecast on SS4 from 7.30 pm.

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