“Last time we went to Bloemfontein we lost to them, but we regrouped and managed to beat Tuks, and then [we were unbeaten] against Leopards and AmaZulu, but the guys know that it’s going to be a big mountain to climb.”
Newly appointed Pirates coach Roger de Sa said the atmosphere at the stadium was always special, with support traditionally shown for both teams when the Buccaneers played in Bloemfontein, and his side would aim to get revenge for their league defeat.
“It’s fantastic to go out there and see that stadium rock. It really rocks and it’s great for the game,” De Sa said.
“We need to go back there and reverse the result from the league. I really felt we deserved more than the 1-0 loss.
“If we can improve on a few mistakes and get better we will have enough to be in the hat on Monday.”
On Saturday, AmaZulu play Mamelodi Sundowns in Umlazi, while Wits take on Free State Stars in Johannesburg.
“Amazulu will not be an easy team to beat because they are a good side, and have been playing good football of late,” said Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens.
“They have drawn and won their last two matches, which is a big confidence booster for their players.”
The quarterfinals were set to kick off with a clash between Maritzburg United and SuperSport United in Pietermaritzburg on Friday night.
Article: Nicholas Munzhedzi