With only 3 games under his belt, the newly appointed Orlando Pirates head coach, Josef Zinnbauer will be eager to “prove himself” against the 2018/19 Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday, that’s according to Sibusiso Vilakazi.
Pirates will host Sundowns this evening at Orlando Stadium in a crucial title race encounter with both sides looking to get maximum points.
“The Pirates coach will want to prove himself; I mean playing against a team like us, it is going to be a tricky game,” said the Brazilian midfielder.
“They (Pirates) are playing at home and they will likely come at us, give us an attack, we have to be on guard. We have to respect their attack that they have. We must give them credit, but we have to be on top of our game to prevent that high scoring attack that they have,” added Vilakazi.
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder is one of Sundowns’s key players having featured in 22 games in all competitions, with 8 assists to his name and 7 goals. However, Vilakazi said that a collective effort is needed against Pirates.
“It is just one of those big games but also one of those games you have to play your part as an individual but most importantly it is a collective effort that needs to happen to give us a good win.
“It is not about certain individuals, it all about a collective effort whereby the defence needs to be solid, the midfield as well in terms of defending and creating chances and the strikers taking the created opportunities,” said Vilakazi.
The defending league champions are 9 points adrift of league leaders Kaizer Chiefs and Vilakazi says every game is important now. “It is towards the end of the season so each game is going to be crucial, in fact looking at the position we are in now, we can’t afford to drop points.
“They are a high scoring team I mean scoring 4 (against Polokwane City) shows that the confidence is back, quite a few individuals are scoring hat-tricks so you can see that they are starting to get their rhythm back, they are trying to play catch up.
“But we have the momentum of winning so we are trying to maintain that at this point in time, it is a crucial stage whereby we can’t afford to lose points but at the same time we just need to be more clinical in terms of taking those chances we create,” said the former Bidvest Wits player.
By FARPost Reporter