Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
1 minute read
1 Apr 2019
10:28 am

Pirates have a point to prove against Sundowns

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

A game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates is always a thriller, and tonight's clash won't be any different, said the Buccaneers captain Happy Jele.

Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates (Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix)

Pirates host Sundowns in a top-of-the-table clash at the Orlando Stadium, with Downs going into this game on the summit of the Absa Premiership with 43 points, while Bucs are on third position with 40 points.

“Look, we can’t deny the fact that this is one the biggest matches in the county,” said the skipper.

“It going to be tight, very difficult for both sides and at the end of the day, it will all be about which team uses their chances better to get the victory.”

“We are expecting a tough challenge from Sundowns, they are a very good team with quality players. But we are also a good side with quality players. We just have to be at the top of our game and play at our level best to ensure we win the match and get maximum points on the day. We have to win.

“There is no doubt about it because we can’t fail to make our fans happy especially after having disappointed them in the Caf Champions League.”

Bucs go into this game having failed to qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals, however, Jele says it’s all about lessons learnt and they are looking to grow their continental competition experience.

“It was very disappointing, we were very sad to have been knocked out of the Champions League. But it was a lesson to us, we have to move on.

“It’s never easy playing in Africa, and we know that because our aim was to make it to the knockout stages. But now we have to focus at what’s happening at the moment.”

The last time the two sides met, it was a goalless draw at Loftus Versfeld.

 

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