This is the view of coach Cavin Johnson, who admitted that his side will have their work cut out against a side which recently lost in the Caf Champions League final to Al-Ahly.
Johnson is very much aware of Bucs’ strength and weaknesses having watched them throughout the Caf competition and is hoping to use that to their advantage on Saturday.
“It’s going to be a hard game for us, playing against a team which has reached the Caf Champions League final,” Johnson said.
“For me they are the champions of Southern Africa. There has never been a team from the South African region to have reached the final in a long time and they will come to this game more confident that they can get a result. But we will do our best and hopefully we win the match.”
Johnson added that one of Pirates’ strengths is their running game.
“In all due respect to them, they are a good running team and we will have our work cut out on Saturday.
“But we need to stop players like Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Daine Klate, Tlou Segolela from playing. We need to stop Lennox Bacela’s supply from the midfield, as we know he is dangerous when he is inside the box.”
The two teams have already played against each other this season in the MTN8 quarterfinal, with Pirates winning the match on penalties after coming back twice from a goal down, but Johnson said his side has made a huge improvement since that day.