Orlando Pirates are wary of unpredictable AmaZulu in finalising their preparations for their upcoming cup match this weekend and are aware of how tricky the encounter could be despite being on home soil.
Following a long break due to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon, the Buccaneers will have their readiness for the resumption of the season tested against Usuthu in their Nedbank Cup last 32 match at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Earlier in the week, Bucs were concerned about some of the challenges that were faced by the team in training in the last few days of the break when some of the players were sick, while others were away and participating in the DStv Compact Cup.
Pirates’ co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has raised further concerns about having to go past AmaZulu for the team to go through to the next round.
“Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise that we were to start with a tough side like AmaZulu not like other teams. I’m sure if you were to go through the hurdle of AmaZulu, maybe the draw will be better going forward. You can’t choose the fixture, Pirates must play every match whether they play the so-called Premier League team or playing a team from ABC Motsepe (League), Pirates must play to win if they were to win the tournament and that’s the mentality that we must adopt,” said Ncikazi, speaking through the club’s official website.
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