Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
22 Oct 2016
10:17 am

Things are getting better at Pirates – Mhlongo

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo says the team is gelling well, but they will have to be patient as they head to Sunday's Telkom Knockout clash with Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium.

The Buccaneers haven’t had the best of starts this season under coach Muhsin Ertugral, but the Pirates keeper is certain things are getting better.

“I think we have been preparing well and things are coming along okay. We are preparing well and we are starting to gel. So we just have to be patient with ourselves and take it one game at a time,” Mhlongo said this week.

Pirates will head into this game having drawn three of their last fixtures, while Arrows have been in good form. Abafana be’sthende are second in the Premiership after winning two of their last three fixtures, while playing the other match to a draw.

And with that in mind, the Pirates keeper is well aware of the threat that Clinton Larsen’s men pose, even though Pirates beat Arrows 3-1 in the opening league game of the season.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game but we are sure we will put on a good show,” the Soweto-born player added.

Going into the game, Pirates will once again be pinning their hopes on striker Tendai Ndoro, who has scored six of the team’s seven goals this season.

Arrows, meanwhile, have suffered a blow with the absence of striker Lerato Lamola, who suffered an ankle injury in their last league game against Chippa United.

On a positive note though, Larsen will welcome winger Kudakwashe Mahachi back from injury.