Orlando Pirates are in a celebratory mood after clinching the 2020 MTN8 title but Chippa United head coach Lehlohonolo Seema said it would be suicidal to think the ‘Buccaneers’ will be suffering from any ‘cup hangover’ when the two teams meet on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium.
Seema, a former Pirates captain, believes it will be to his team’s detriment if they go into the game with a mindset that the Soweto giants are still hungover from their MTN8 win this past weekend.
The ‘Buccaneers’ ended their six-year trophy drought at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday when they beat Seema’s former side Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 in the final.
“That would be suicidal, that would be suicidal for us to say they still have a hangover from the cup,” said Seema.
“I am sure immediately after they left Durban, it was water under the bridge, as much as it has been long for them since they won the cup.”
Pirates are undefeated this season with two wins and four draws in their six matches so far. They are placed sixth on the league standings with 10 points having secured wins over Celtic and SuperSport United.
“You know the quality that Pirates have got, on Wednesday you don’t even know who you expect to see on the field of play, it’s difficult to plan against them, such quality that they have.”
“We have to make sure that we do not take anything for granted, we don’t get complacent, we’ll have to prepare very well and expect a very difficult game from the MTN Champions.”
“And congratulations to them, tough luck to Bloemfontein Celtic. We are fully aware of the danger of Pirates, that they can pose on the day, because they are quality,” concluded the Chippa coach.
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