Pirates In High Spirits Ahead Of Match Behind Closed Doors
Orlando Pirates remain motivated ahead for playing behind closed door
Orlando Pirates remain steadfast in securing three points when they play Bidvest Wits in a league fixture to be played behind in a closed stadium.
The Soweto giants are currently on a quest to qualify for the CAF Champions League and will need to win against Wits to not only solidify their position on the table but to also keep the pressure on log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns.
“Playing in an empty stadium is never ideal for the players and the morale of the game,” said the club’s Administrative Manager Floyd Mbele.
“However, we have made our bed and we should lay in it. The most important thing is that the players must remain focused and motivated enough to win the match even though we won’t have our supporters there. Supporters are very important. But we have a goal and we want to ensure that in the remaining games we play we win the matches and get maximum points.
This comes from a ruling made by the PSL’s Disciplinary Committee as a result of violent conduct by Bucs fans during the 6-0 league loss to Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus in 2017.
Meanwhile, the PSL has confirmed that security will be tightened outside the Orlando Stadium when the two teams play tomorrow in an empty stadium.
This past weekend, the scourge of supporter violence reared its ugly head when Kaizer Chiefs fans invaded the pitch at Moses Mabhida Stadium following Chiefs' exit from the Nedbank Cup at the hands of Free State Stars. Technical staff and players from both sides had to run for cover has supporters caused damage to property.
Chiefs have since been charged with ‘bringing the League into disrepute.