local soccer 31.7.2013 12:00 am

Pirates to seek revenge at Mbombela Stadium

WAFA WAFA. Lucky Lekgwathi of Orlando Pirates, left, and Bevan Fransman of Supersport United during the MTN8 Launch in Rivonia yesterday. Bucs and United face each other at the Mbombela Stadium on August 11. Picture: Backpagepix

WAFA WAFA. Lucky Lekgwathi of Orlando Pirates, left, and Bevan Fransman of Supersport United during the MTN8 Launch in Rivonia yesterday. Bucs and United face each other at the Mbombela Stadium on August 11. Picture: Backpagepix

The 3-0 defeat Orlando Pirates suffered at the hands of SuperSport United in last season’s MTN8 will be fresh on the Buccaneers’ minds when they meet Matsatsantsa again in this year’s edition at Mbombela Stadium on August 11.

That defeat ended Pirates dreams of a third consecutive title after their Wafa Wafa titles during their back-to-back treble winning campaigns.

Bucs skipper Lucky Lekgwathi said they will have revenge on their minds when they meet United again as they aim to go all the way and reclaim the title Moroka Swallows won last season.

“United are not an easy team to beat,” Lekgwathi said.

“Last season they knocked us from this competition and obviously we must make sure we go for the revenge this time and make our supporters happy by winning the game and to go all the way to the final,” he said.

United skipper Bevan Fransman said he is aware that Pirates will be thinking about revenge, but insists that his side won’t look at last season’s results against Bucs as motivation as both side have made new personnel on board.

“Football is an emotional game and revenge will play apart,” Fransman said. “The word revenge could be used, it will always sit in the back of a players mind and they won’t forget it, but again we beat them 1-0 in the league again.

Pirates failed to beat United last season, playing to a goalless draw and losing 1-0 in their two league encounters. Fransman expect them to come out guns blazing this time.

“Last season we played them three times in one week and that was a different scenario. This year it’s a once off game and from the start we have to put them on the back foot.

“If we can go past Pirates we can go all the way. I think they play good football, they have good quality on their side and it will be tough for us,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bloemfontein Celtic skipper Thabo Nthethe, whose side will play Bidvest Wits in the opening fixture of the competition said they expect a tough match from the Clever Boys, but that they are aiming to achieve more this season after winning the Telkom Knockout last season.

“Its going to be tough, I know that, always when we play against Wits it’s a tough game and we are playing at their back yard,” Nthethe said.

“Also the fact that they have new coach Gavin Hunt their players will be desperate to impress him. “But for us we are ready and we want to achieve more this season and we just need to go all the way and win the cup and have a good season.

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