Alfred Ndengane is anticipating a grudge match approach from Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday against Orlando Pirates.
Last year, Chiefs lost two Absa Premiership matches, as well as a Telkom Knockout match against Pirates, a disappointing run from the Naturena outfit which makes Ndengane think Amakhosi will want a revenge on Saturday.
Chiefs last defeated Pirates in the league over four years ago, with their last win dating back to Stuart Baxter’s reign, in December 2014.
“We know very well that this will be a grudge match for them, despite what may be said in the media. As a player in their shoes, you know they will be out for revenge come Saturday. It’s not easy to be on the back of three straight defeats against your biggest rival. Furthermore, with this being their home game they will be under pressure from their supporters to win and bring back a bit of pride for their brand,” Ndengane told Pirates’ official website.
“They also have Coach Middendorp, so it’s a completely different team from the one we dominated in 2018. They have shown some positives in their game under him, and seem to have a fresh approach which is working for them at the moment. Together with our form, it should be a great game and a fantastic atmosphere at FNB this weekend,” added the former Bloemfontein Celtic defender.
Ndengane has singled out senior players, Happy Jele and Musa Nyatama, and praised them for helping new players and younger ones with coping with pressure of playing for the Soweto giants.
“Playing for a big side like Pirates, and in any game at that, comes with pressure. It’s all part of the territory that you must navigate as a professional. The structure however is so great that you don’t feel it that much because of the advice you get from senior players like Happy Jele and Musa Nyatama. Things are very calm because of the environment that coaches also create for us, and even the supporters play their part in becoming our source of strength. Even though everyone wants us to win, they genuinely make us feel like they trust that we can get the job done which takes a lot of the pressure off,” he said.