All talk of the Soweto derby will have to take a back seat for Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabang Monare, who is fully focused on their clash against a resurgent TS Galaxy.
One of the most talked-about derbies on the African continent is just a few days away for Monare and his Bucs teammates as arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs come visiting - but the clash with their eternal rivals will have to wait.
First, up for the former Bidvest Wits midfielder is a clash against a tricky Rockets side who picked up just their second win in the DStv Premiership under new coaches Owen da Gama and Shaun Bartlett.
“It's true, they are not an easy team to face. Fortunately, we are playing at home and we know what needs to be done,” Monare told Pirates official website of Tuesday's opponents.
The 31-year-old, who recently scooped his first Man of the Match award in Pirates colours in their 1-0 win over Maritzburg United, says dispatching of Galaxy on Tuesday would give them confidence heading into the derby on Saturday.
“We all know that the Derby is a big game but at the end of the day, three points is three points hence why we need to take today’s game seriously. We will shift our focus to Chiefs from tomorrow,” Monare added.
A win for Pirates could see them leapfrog Cape Town City into fourth place, while Galaxy could go as high as 11th with a win over the Buccaneers.
Kick off is scheduled for 17:00 at the Orlando Stadium.