Maela dismisses revenge talk


Orlando Pirates defender Innocent Maela insists they are not looking for revenge when they take on Kaizer Chiefs in the Absa Premiership at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

The two teams met in the Telkom Knockout Quarterfinal in Durban last weekend with Chiefs emerging victorious via a penalty shoot-out.

Chiefs are high in confidence having lost just once in their 10 league games, while the Bacaneers have won just three games this season.

“Obviously as Orlando Pirates we always want to win. We are disappointed that we are out of the Telkom Knockout now but we have the league to play for and we just want to collect as many points as possible,” said Maela.

“We have recovered from the Telkom Knockout elimination but it’s a different match this time around. But you are right it was disappointing not getting anything out of the match knowing that we played so well.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a revenge match all I can say our focus is to go there and make sure we give it our all. We must make sure we implement the tactics and give it our all regardless of the opponent. Everytime we go into a match that’s our main focus,” he concluded.

Maela has been one of the pillars in the Bucaneers defence playing in 9 of their 10 League games.

By Ofhani Munyai

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