Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele has warned Mamelodi Sundowns that there will be no let-up from the Soweto giants in their bid to clinch their second title this campaign after winning the MTM8.
Sundowns, who are also the Nedbank Cup defending champions, have already outshone Pirates this season after sealing a 1-0 win in the DStv Premiership in January.
But Jele insists that revenge isn’t in their minds as the two sides meet on Thursday (18:00) in the Nedbank quarterfinal at Loftus Stadium.
“We respect them, but on the day it’s a game, a game of football for us as a team, as Pirates, we are big also, we are going to go there because we want to win,” said Jele.
“It’s a game, we’re going to fight as Orlando Pirates and we want to get the result to go to the next round, and it’s not going to be easy for them. For us it’s not about revenge. We are focusing on ourselves as a team. We want to go through to the next round, that’s all.”
The Tshwane giants have been dominating the South African football scene for sometime now with the three-time league defending champions once again at the summit of the log standings – six points ahead of the second-placed team despite having played two matches less.
“Both teams have good qualities, you know, and we’re playing against a good team in Africa. They’ve been doing well in the Champions League and in the league,” added Jele.
“I would say it’s a motivation, to play two games and we can be in the final. It’s a motivation on its own.
“But first we need to focus on the game that is coming, which is the quarter-final, that’s the most important thing. If we fight from there, then we go to the semifinal. I believe if we put more effort then we will go to the next round.”
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
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