Pirates to be careful against “well structured” CT City


Orlando Pirates assistant coach Fadlu Davids is wary of Cape Town City and the way they set up their attacking play.

The Soweto giants will host CT City in what promises to be a mouthwatering MTN8 quarterfinal showdown at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening on the opening weekend of the new season.

Kick off is at 18:00.

It’s been seven years since Pirates last won the MTN8 Cup with the club failing to pass the first round stage since 2014. Meanwhile, CT City lifted the eight-team tournament in 2018.

Davids is well aware that Pirates, the nine-time champions of the top eight competition face a tough assignment in the Citizens.

“We know Cape Town City is a really good team, well structured, we know their central defence is really strong, one of the better teams defensively in the league,” said Davids.

“They are clearly structured and strong in transition. We have to be careful when we are in position when we are in the final third to have our clear structure, not allow them any counter-attacks.”

Meanwhile, CT City head coach Jan Olde Riekerink says his men are ready to tackle Pirates.

“Concerning our preparation, we had a short break ahead of this game, but also we believe we played a lot of games in the bubble. Our break was not that long,” he said.

“The moment the players came back their physical abilities were not that low as normal. Usually, players have six weeks off but now it was only two weeks.

“From that point of view… this game is a big challenge for the boys, but I feel my team is ready,” concluded Riekerink.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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