MTN 8 22.8.2013 06:00 am

Bucs eye Chiefs scalp

Orlando Pirates midfield dynamo Oupa Manyisa, right, said the Sea Robbers will display the same ruthlessness they showed against Zamalek when they face Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

Manyisa said Pirates’ 4-1 win over the Egyptian side in the Champions League last weekend has left them with some confidence which will benefit them against Chiefs.

“I think the attitude we have displayed in the Champions League will put us in good stead,” Manyisa told his club’s website.

“Coming into Saturday’s match we have to play well and give our fans some joy.”

Manyisa added that Pirates will approach the MTN8 semifinal, first-leg at the FNB Stadium well aware of what the Amakhosi are capable of.

“Chiefs won the league last season so they also believe they can get a result from us – we lost in the Carling Cup to them and that shows they have the ability of playing good football and win high tempo matches,” Manyisa said.

“For us it will be important to approach the game with the right attitude and give our opponents the respect they deserve.”

Respect is something known to be a stranger in the derby as both teams are known to be local football’s chief rivals. And Saturday’s game will not be short of explosives given that Chiefs beat Pirates 1-0 in the off-season Carling Cup tournament last month.

Pirates made it to the semis via a penalty shoot-out win over SuperSport United in the quarterfinals, while Chiefs beat University of Pretoria 3-0.

Roger De Sa’s Pirates side has been woeful in the domestic front, to say the least, something which is contradicts their splendid showings in the Caf Champions League.

After beating Al-Ahly 3-0 away from home three weeks ago, Pirates lost 1-0 to AmaZulu in their PSL opener.

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