CT City, Pirates square off in chess game

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Cape Town City will go for the kill when they face Orlando Pirates in their DStv Premiership encounter on Saturday, coach Jan Olde Riekerink said.

‘The Citizens’ host Pirates at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch (15:30), determined to outmuscle and avenge the 1-0 defeat in the MTN8 quarter-final at Orlando Stadium at the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

“So, now we have Pirates, first of all, I hope we will finish this game with 11 against 11 because I only played them with 10, one win and one loss,” said Riekerink.

“With the loss, we were the better team and in the first one we got our win from our mentality. The second one of course we lost but I think we played the first half of the match better.

“Pirates have good players, but we don’t underestimate ourselves. We play a pretty similar style.”

The Cape Town-based side has had a decent start to the new season as they have managed to collect eight points in five matches – registering two wins, two draws, and a single defeat.

Olde Riekerink feels his men are more than capable of matching the Soweto giants and maintains that they will stick to their structure on the day.

“But it will be the game for us that will be important. Do we play with White or do we play with black in the chess way?

“Do we have the initiative, or we say we have to wait for Pirates? But my players will not want to play with Black, so we will take the initiative in this game.

“We will play to our identity, we want to win this game,” concluded the Dutch coach.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

all pictures courtesy of Cape Town City 

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