Chiefs host Pirates in MTN8 second leg semifinal

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Orlando Pirates have the advantage going into the MTN8 semifinal match against rivals Kaizer Chiefs and will want to complete the job at FNB Stadium this afternoon (kickoff at 15:00).

In the first leg, the Buccaneers were convincing winners with a 3-0 victory at Orlando Stadium last week but assistant coach Fadlu Davids says Chiefs have what it takes to turn the match around.

“We know how dangerous they can be especially with an experienced coach like Hunt. He is going for goals and we know that they can immediately turn the game around and we won’t go into this game with the mentality of undermining Chiefs,” said Davids.

Gavin Hunt’s men come off another disappointing midweek result – a goalless draw against TS Galaxy, but will no doubt come out guns firing against their biggest rivals.

Previous MTN 8 SemiFinal Meetings

Orlando Pirates were the victorious side when the two sides first met in the Top-Eight competition, winning 2-1 in the 1971 final.

Since then, the Soweto Giants have met a further eight times in the competition, with six of those encounters coming in the last four.

Last Saturday’s victory was the third win for Pirates in a semifinal clash against Amakhosi, who have beaten their rivals just once at this stage of the competition.

“We are approaching the match like any normal match and we are taking the scoreline out of the equation. We will be making a mistake if we start the match with the 3-0 score in our heads,” added Davids.

Meanwhile, Hunt said the important thing on Sunday afternoon is to win the match.

“There is no question, we are starting the match trailing 0-3 against a side that is capable of beating any team in the league. The first aim going into the match is to win the contest.”

“For them, it will be a matter of resuming the match from 0-0. We cannot afford to concede a goal. If we concede it will be a tall order to recover. I do not look much at what happened during the midweek games, I plan for the next match,” Hunt concluded.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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