Mzwakhe Ngwenya
1 minute read
30 Nov 2013
7:00 am

Bacela guns for his former side

Mzwakhe Ngwenya

It is becoming increasingly hard to mention an Orlando Pirates victory that doesn't feature the influence of striker Lennox Bacela.

GO-TO GUY. Orlando Pirates striker Lennox Bacela has become a key man for the Buccaneers in recent times. Picture: Gallo Images.

The marksman was the key in seeing Pirates reach the final of the Champions League three weeks ago.

Bacela and his Pirates team-mates host his former side, Bloemfontein Celtic, at Orlando Stadium in an Absa Premiership match today.

This week the towering striker has been vocal about how emotional this game will be for him. But his coach Roger De Sa, does not expect him to be “soft” when he has an opportunity to bury his former employers.

Pirates are desperate for points after all. They are at the bottom of the standings with seven points after four games.

Depending on University of Pretoria’s results his afternoon, Pirates may go to 15th spot by the end of the weekend as Tukkies have been struggling lately.

In midweek, the Sea Robbers won at Maritzburg United thanks to a Collins Mbesuma strike.

And while De Sa will be hoping his attack will be sharper for the clash against Ernst Middendorp’s men, he will be equally worried about his defence.

Especially as Happy Jele, the vital cog in his defensive unit, is out of the game.

De Sa will probably opt for Bheki Nzunga as Rooi Mahamutsa is also out with an injury.

Nzunga has not been a regular and this may be a chance for him to show what he can do for the Sea Robbers.

While Pirates captain, defender Lucky Lekgwathi, ensures that they shut the back door on the Celtic attackers, Bacela will be hoping to rattle the net against his former team.