Orlando Pirates first team coach Fadlu Davids has opened up about the team’s upcoming tricky fixture against AmaZulu as the Soweto giants finalize preparations to host the Durban outfit this weekend.
The Buccaneers will finally be back in action after a long December/January break due to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament underway in Cameroon.
Having gone into the break in December after beating AmaZulu 2-1 at the Orlando Stadium in their last match of 2021, Bucs will face a repeat fixture against Benni McCarthy's side in the Nedbank Cup last 32 clash.
Davids has spoken about the team’s challenges ahead of the eagerly-awaited match.
“Preparations have gone well, considering that we had disruptions in terms of players falling ill, plus some being away in the DStv Compact Cup,” said Davids, speaking on Pirates’ official website.
“Luckily, now in the final week before our first game back, it will be the first time that we’ll have at least 95% of our squad back training together. So that is a big positive. A cup game is different to a league game. AmaZulu were a bit more conservative in the league games. They managed to get a draw on their home ground. We expect them to fix their mistakes and come out guns blazing against us, knowing that we beat them in the last game of last year. It’s going to be a very different encounter with it being a cup game, and the two teams will look at this tournament as their chance to finish the season with silverware,” the coach concluded.
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