Captain Lucky Lekgwathi will be leading his charges in Nelspruit over the weekend to participate in the Mbombela Cup.
The pre-season competition pits Orlando Pirates alongside Mamelodi Sundowns, national first division outfit Sivutsa Stars as well Swaziland premier league outfit Mbabane Swallows.
The Mighty Buccaneers who have been drawn in the second semi-final against Mbabane Swallows, will be looking for nothing less than a victory to ensure that they compete in the final of this prestigeous event.
“Although this is a friendly, we will go into it with the intention of lifting the cup,” said Lekgwathi. “Winning is a habit, a habit which we do not intend to get tired of any time yet.
“We have new players in the squad and obviously if we qualify for the final, the coach and his technical team will have an additional game to try out new combinations before we start the season.
He added: “We played a couple of friendly matches recently and I am happy with the way we have been playing, we are still in preseason but I am confident that on Sunday the team will be in much better shape to take on Swallows,” Lekgwathi emphasized.
Meanwhile, Bucs Public Relations Officer Mickey Modisane, urged supporters to flock to Mbombela and spur the team to victory in this event.
He said: “This will be a special opportunity for our supporters to have a first glance at the newly assembled squad.
“The likes of Onyekachi Okonkwo, Khethokwakhe Masuku, Manti Moholo, Patrick Phungwayo, Aubrey Ngoma, Ayanda Gcaba and Sifiso Myeni are all training hard, hoping to get a run in this tournament.
“I would like to urge all our supporters to set a good precedent ahead of the beginning of the season, by packing the stadium to capacity.”
Meanwhile, the first match of the day will be between Mamelodi Sundowns and Sivutsa Stars, with the winners of both semi-finals taking on each other in the final at 17.00.
Tickets for this tournament are currently on sale (for R80) at Computicket and Shoprite checkers across the country.