Orlando Pirates midfielder Fortune Makaringe has hinted on what the supporters can expect from the players in approaching their match against perennial rivals Kaizer Chiefs.
As the Buccaneers have enjoyed improved form in recent matches accross all competitions, head coach Josef Zinnbauer has warned the team against complacency in Sunday’s Soweto Derby as he hopes that they could to remain in the race in the DStv Premiership log.
Makaringe, who has been one of the regulars in the German mentor’s line-ups, believes that the win in midweek fixture in the CAF Confederation Cup against Enyimba, has boosted the team’s confidence going into the Chiefs clash.
“It (the win against Enyimba) is definitely a confidence builder. I mean, at this stage of the season, you have to take each positive you can get, whether big or small,” said Makaringe, speaking to Pirates’ official website.
“It’s a very special fixture. It’s always a big occasion. When you step to the field, you do so knowing that the pride of the club is at stake. It’s truly something special. In a Derby, it matters not how you’ve been performing. It’s all about what you do on the day. We just need to make sure that we do the job on the day. It’s about focusing on the job at hand, and not dwell on what you’ve done in the past. So, we need to be as professional as possible, and make sure that we fight for the Buccaneers, and fight for the badge,” added Makaringe.
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