Fortune Makaringe believes that Orlando Pirates are freed from the burden of expectations as ‘some have already written them off’ heading into their last seven Absa Premiership matches of the season.
The Pirates midfielder is of the opinion that they could benefit from having no expectations on them ahead of their first league game against Mamelodi Sundowns on Tuesday since the Coronavirus shutdown.
“I feel the pressure will be more on the teams above and not us as some have already written us off,” said Makaringe.
“So, we will play minus the burden that the likes of [Kaizer] Chiefs and Sundowns will be carrying and this could work in our favour in the remaining matches,” he added.
Pirates are fourth on the log standings, level on points (40) with third-placed SuperSport United and eight points adrift of leaders Chiefs.
“It’s been such a long time since we last played but I believe this break might have served us well, and we can use it to regain the form we had earlier in the year,” said the Pirates star.
The 27-year-old went on to declared his readiness to face Sundowns at Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday evening, kick-off 18:00.
“On a personal level, I’m feeling very good. I’m raring to go. I enjoy playing big games and they don’t come any bigger than against Sundowns.
“We are all ready and itching to get back to playing the game we love. It has been a while since we last played competitive football but fortunately, that time has finally come.
“Preparations have gone well, nothing much has changed in how we prepare. However, to play without fans will take some mental adjusting from our (players) part,” concluded Makaringe, who featured 23 times so far for Pirates this campaign with three assists and a single goal to his name.
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