The unknown entity that is Tornado FC who compete in the ABC Motsepe League has prompted Orlando Pirates left back, Thabo Matlaba to be highly wary of the possible threat they could pose in their Nedbank Cup last 32 clash scheduled for Wednesday, February 18.
The Buccaneers embark on their Nedbank Cup trophy defence when they welcome Tornado, who are mentored by Bucs legend, Jerry “Legs of Thunder” Sikhosana, to the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.
Speaking on his club’s official website, “Festival” expressed his thoughts on playing the side from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape and the relationship he has with Sikhosana who played an integral part in his football career.
“Any young team that plays in important competitions will always be up for the challenge. They will want to show that they belong and will try to make it difficult for us,” said Matlaba to the Bucs media.
“This tournament is like the FA Cup in England where anybody can play anybody and anywhere. No seeds, no favourites, just names in a bowl and you get what you get. We will have to be at our best so we can start the defence of our trophy on a good note.”
“Bra Jerry picked me out in Tembisa while I was playing centre back. He needed a left back in his team and he converted me to that position and that’s how my left foot improved. People think I’m naturally left footed but that’s not the case,” revealed the Bucs defender.
“My relationship with him is very strong and we communicate quite regularly,” he added.
The match is scheduled to begin at 19:30.