Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer is wary of a resurgent Kaizer Chiefs side that are out for revenge in their DStv Premiership match.
Amakhosi will be looking to avenge their 5-0 aggregate drubbing at the hands of their eternal foes in the MTN8 - a competition that Pirates eventually went on to win, which saw them end their six-year trophy drought.
Now, in anticipation of the third Soweto Derby of the season, Zinnbauer is wary that the Glamour Boys could be out for revenge, more especially because they are buoyed by the return of their talismanic forward Samir Nurkovic, who was unavailable the last time these two sides met.
“The players know what is happening at the moment with Kaizer Chiefs who have come forward,” Zinnbauer told the media in a press conference.
“Yes, maybe they didn’t have a good start to the season but now they are coming closer to us and getting more points on the table and we know they have a big squad and a good squad.
“(Samir) Nurkovic is back and he is a player that gives them an advantage and also the squad that they have at the moment means that we won’t get three points easily. This is a fight, this is a big game they have a coach who has a lot of experience in this league and has won titles.
Zinnbauer is cognisant of the fact that this will be a different match from the previous encounters between the two sides and has hailed Saturday’s opponents as favourites for the match.
“Yes, we won the last two games in the MTN8 but it’s a different view now, it’s a league game and we fighting for three points. We know they are the favourites. They finished second place last year and went to the Champions League. We know the power that the players and the coaches have if we don’t concentrate on this game,” Zinnbauer said.
The two Soweto rivals will lock horns in their first DStv Premiership encounter of the season at Orlando Stadium on Saturday at 15:30.