Pressure is on Pirates to beat us – Maduka

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Bloemfontein Celtic coach John Maduka insists they go into the MTN l8 Final against Orlando Pirates as underdogs as the majority of people have tipped Pirates to win.

Siwelele will play in the final against the Buccaneers at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, starting at 18:00.

It’s a second final for Celtic in a space of three months after losing the Nedbank Cup final against Mamelodi Sundowns in September.

“We are going there as underdogs, most of the people expect Pirates to beat us and win,” Maduka told the media during a press briefing on Tuesday.

“So that again gives us that advantage because the pressure is not on us. The pressure in on Pirates, the majority of people think Pirates are going to beat us and as a team we have planned, we have worked hard and looking forward to the final,” he said.

Celtic recently progressed to the second preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup after beating Democratic Republic of Congo side, Maniema Union and Maduka believes that experience will be valuable coming into Saturday’s match.

“We have learnt a lot in the CAF competition. The teams fight from the word go all the way to the final whistle and that’s one thing that we have learned. There is so much in the tactical part of it whereby the game is physical,” he added.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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