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Matlaba On Facing His Former Side

Orlando Pirates left back, Thabo Matlaba is looking at carrying his MOTM-winning performance into Wednesday’s night league encounter against his former side, Free State Stars.

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Although the 27-year-old defender has expressed a touch of sentiment for his former side, he has declared that there will be no time for feelings when the Buccaneers square up against Ea Lla Koto, as three points will be the motivating factor for Pirates to win the encounter.

“Ea Lla Koto will always hold a special place in my heart, it is where I started my career in football but there is no time for sentiment. We have a match on Wednesday night against them so the focus has to shift to that,” stated Matlaba on his club’s website.

“Today I am an Orlando Pirates and National Team player all because they gave me a platform to start and I will always be grateful for that, but on Wednesday night that will be on hold for 90 minutes.”

On how he believes his former employers will approach the game, “Festival” noted that Stars are always motivated to play against the bigger clubs and that they are difficult to play at home.

“They are currently placed 13th on the log but that doesn’t mean anything in the context of this match. I know from personal experience from when I was with them that playing against a big club like Pirates is self-motivating. They are looking forward to the challenge especially at home,” he adds.

“We will formulate a plan to get the points and stay focused on that objective on match day,” concludes the Bucs full-back. 

The match will begin at 19:30 from the Charles Mopeli Stadium.

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