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Apr 16, 2018 12:30 PM

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'Nobody Plays To Build For The Next Season, Pirates Deserve To Win The League'
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Orlando Pirates came from a goal down to defeat AmaZulu 2-1 in their Absa Premiership fixture on Sunday afternoon.

The Buccaneers have once again managed to keep the gap between themselves and log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns to just three points, following the Brazilians' victory over Bidvest Wits on Saturday evening.

Supporters Club's Lerato Mkhondo caught up with Bucs faithful Thulani, who expressed his contentment with the Soweto giants' performance and improvements within the club over the past few months.

Lerato: Ola Buccaneer, hope you've been well. Your win on Sunday against AmaZulu saw your team maintain the pressure on Masandawana yet again. How do you feel about the constant "catching up" you have been faced with recently?

Thulani: It's so good to hear from you! It's been a while since we last spoke. If I recall correctly, I think I was complaining about the instability at Pirates back then. Since then, things have improved and I am happy. With regards to our performance as a team, I am also pleased. Who knew that we would one day see Thabo Matlaba being benched for several games? It's a sign of improvement and I am happy.

As for playing catch-up, eish, it's a quite a mission, hey. Honestly speaking, though, we still have a great chance of winning the title, should we win all our three remaining games. There's still nine points to play for and I think it's doable. Sundowns are beatable. If they can draw just two of their remaining encounters then we are good.

However, I just dislike how these teams always go out of their way when playing against us (Pirates) but never against Sundowns. If you watched the Downs and Wits game, I don't remember for a second Onyango being tested in those goal posts. Also, I don't buy this "we are building" theory. Nobody plays to build for the next season, we've done and I think we deserve to win the league, but only if Downs can be imbalanced.

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SL_hated_donkey Joined: 27 May 2014
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SL_hated_donkey Apr 24, 2018 12:02 PM
At EY we are told by some Pirates' supporters that they are building for next season, Now, here Thulani doesn't buy that song. What is what Buccaneers?
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Rambo kingdom commando 22 Joined: 28 Apr 2017
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Rambo kingdom commando 22 Apr 24, 2018 10:30 AM
I wish them a good lucky to the team next season
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Rambo kingdom commando 22 Joined: 28 Apr 2017
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Rambo kingdom commando 22 Apr 24, 2018 10:30 AM
I wish them a good lucky to the team next season
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Peace Ntshangase Joined: 26 Sep 2016
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Peace Ntshangase Apr 20, 2018 02:58 PM
Dia boya mo! After Mr Motsepe bought Sundowns, we went thruogh hell. I remember our president attending every game, only to return home disappointed. We changed coaches after coaches, buying players left/right/centre..but all bear no results! We were Chiefs daily bread, always lose every final against Chiefs. Today, Mr Motsepe is in the PROMISE LAND. I just wish players can reward him with another CAFCL trophy.
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miltah.king@gmail.com Joined: 28 Jul 2015
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miltah.king@gmail.com Apr 20, 2018 09:11 AM
@SL_hated_donkey we admire your passionate for the game. But isn't time fix your affairs before you pry to your neighbours affairs. Your house is falling down and you wanna build your neighbours. That's weird don't you think.
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miltah.king@gmail.com Joined: 28 Jul 2015
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miltah.king@gmail.com Apr 20, 2018 09:10 AM
@SL_hated_donkey we admire your passionate for the game. But isn't time fix your affairs before you pry to your neighbours affairs. Your house is falling down and you wanna build your neighbours. That's weird don't you think.
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magents02 Joined: 07 Feb 2012
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magents02 Apr 18, 2018 12:41 PM
No time to build now every team is playing to achieve something at the end of the season, we are tired to hear the word building, building for nothing. Every team is playing to win trophies please don't fool us we are Sundowns and we know how to finish the race.
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OMG_van_der_Oliphant Joined: 13 Aug 2014
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OMG_van_der_Oliphant Apr 17, 2018 07:14 PM
With Pirates currently performance...i have 45% Faith in them that they can win this title compair the consistency of Sundows...Credit hve to be given where its due..but let's wait until the final hurdle...hene anything might happen along the way...#UTB1937
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OMG_van_der_Oliphant Joined: 13 Aug 2014
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OMG_van_der_Oliphant Apr 17, 2018 07:09 PM
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OMG_van_der_Oliphant Joined: 13 Aug 2014
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OMG_van_der_Oliphant Apr 17, 2018 07:09 PM
With pirates current performance...i have 45% Faith in them they gonna win the league.. credit have to give where its due... Sundowns performance is outstanding but lets wait until the final hurdle...#UTB1937
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Nkululeko Mkhefa Joined: 17 Apr 2018
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Nkululeko Mkhefa Apr 17, 2018 02:57 PM
I'm a big Orlando Pirates fan & i don't think that the Buccaneers will win the 2017/2018 Absa PremierShip league this season. Judging according to how i see things now cause Mamelodi Sundowns has a game in hand plus 3 points ahead of Pirates and that gives them the confidence and hope. Only if Pirates had won their game against Supersport United then we would be completely telling a different story now. I don't see Sundowns losing all their remaining games now. If Pirates wants to win the league, however they must win all their remaining games & hope for Mamelodi Sundowns to lose two or three games.
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dramakingb Joined: 19 Feb 2017
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dramakingb Apr 17, 2018 12:46 PM
Its useless to compare sundowns to a team that lost 6*6 Mabone teams play better against rats cos they are not a well oiled machine like sundowns finished and klaar
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FIFA behind chiefs Joined: 24 Jan 2018
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FIFA behind chiefs Apr 17, 2018 12:10 PM
we all play to win nt to build
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Tebogo78 Joined: 26 Oct 2010
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Tebogo78 Apr 17, 2018 07:39 AM
Fact is Pirates is indeed building no matter what the guy believes after last season. From the consistent starting line up: 1. Maela - He was playing first division soccer last season 2. Dube - He was at Celtics 3. Shitolo - Was at Arrows last season 4. Nyatama - Was also at Celtics 5. Mlambo - Was at Wits 6. Shonga - New to the team 7. Munetsi - Was at Baroka FC. Add to that the fact that Technical team is new.
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mbongenid@gmail.com Joined: 17 Feb 2017
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mbongenid@gmail.com Apr 16, 2018 11:42 PM
We won the champions league clean,unlike sunflops who won it through back door,so we don't want to be compared to them. I don't even think that they are proud of the star above their ugly badge.
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mbongenid@gmail.com Joined: 17 Feb 2017
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mbongenid@gmail.com Apr 16, 2018 11:36 PM
Back door star FC
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decogprs86 Joined: 20 Jul 2016
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decogprs86 Apr 16, 2018 11:21 PM
Ratties please you just waiting our time, you secured your position 2, you've reached your goal (from bottom half to position 2), you gon play Top8 & CCL maan eei! Stop winning so we can take our league and rest some of our players for CCL maan!
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decogprs86 Joined: 20 Jul 2016
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decogprs86 Apr 16, 2018 11:04 PM
Now we are working on winning the league to equal Chiefs & Pirates league titles combined!
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decogprs86 Joined: 20 Jul 2016
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decogprs86 Apr 16, 2018 11:02 PM
Leave us alone, we don't deserve to be compared to anyone in Mzantsi!!! Downs is not on the same level with Rats come ooooon guys, you disrespecting us!
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realjoe75 Joined: 11 Mar 2016
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realjoe75 Apr 16, 2018 06:35 PM
Even sundowns with huge financial muscle they didn't just got it right first time and hit the ground running from word go!how many big shot coaches with decorated cv's did they fire?money can buy you good players but they need time click.pirates especially given their poor form of last season and the one before,you can't help but applaud their showing so far.second place will be nice especially since it will guarantee them a place in ccl tourney,and anything beyond that will be a bonus.remember football never cease to amaze!and I can kill you real death!

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