Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa wants his charges to reverse the 1-0 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic in the league when the two teams meet in the Telkom Knockout Quarter Final match this coming Sunday.
|Roger De Sa © PSL
The battle lines have been drawn at the Free State Stadium, where De Sa says he anticipates a gruelling football match, primarily because it will be second time the two teams in less than a month.
“It’s going to be a great atmosphere playing at the Free State Stadium. I mean it rocks to play in front of that crowd and for us we have to go there and try reverse the result we got from the league game. I felt that we deserved more out of that game than the 1-0 loss, but that’s football.
“We don’t expect anything different from them. We know the kind of football they like to play and they can be dangerous in front of their home crowd. We are the defending champions, so they will come out even more furious, more aggressive and try to beat us. This is a cup match and we all want to get to the final.” said the former BIDVest coach.
De Sa, who led an inexperienced BIDVest Wits side to the finals of the TKO last season, is convinced that the Buccaneers have the ability to go all the way, adding that he would like to win it this time around as he was on the losing side a year ago.
“We just need to improve a bit on one or two mistakes and get better. I’m sure we have enough to be in the hat on Monday (Semi Final draw), that’s all we can do.
“Last year I lost in the final and this year I would like to be part of the winning team this time around and I hope these guys (Pirates squad) can help me achieve that feat.” said the former keeper.
By the look of things the Sea Robbers will welcome back their talisman, Benni McCarthy who will be making his return from injury, however the defending Telkom Knockout Champions will pin all their hopes onto Collins Mbesuma who has been prolific in front of goals thus far.
Kick-off for the match will be at 15h00