Oupa Manyisa says he wants nothing less than to see Orlando Pirates into the Last 8 of the Nedbank Cup.
The Buccaneers – who are the defending champions of the Nedbank Cup, will face off against a formidable foe in SuperSport United when the two Gauteng teams do battle at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
The two sides have met twice in cup competitions so far this season with the Mighty Buccaneers having drawn first blood in the MTN8 and Matsatsantsa a Petori returning the favour in the Telkom Knockout Cup. Thus it is a foregone conclusion that the battle lines are drawn, the stage is set and all roads lead to Polokwane to see how this war for Cup dominance will unfold.
“The mood is great in camp. As players we are prepared and psyched up for the match. We understand that it’s a big game, but this is our trophy to defend and we will do our level best to win the match tomorrow.”
“What I can confirm is that the approach from us will be the same. We want to continue with our winning momentum so we will carry on doing what we have been doing and take it one match at a time.
“We respect SuperSport (United), they are a good side with capable players but we know what to expect from them and we are prepared for whatever they throw at us.
“Both teams want to advance to the next round so I expect an open and high tempo match tomorrow. Pirates is an attacking side and we prefer playing offensive football. We have been given the license to express ourselves so you can expect good and entertaining football because we are going there to fight for a win.”
“I expect them to come hard at us, to try and pressure our midfield and defence which is what they did in the Telkom (Knockout) Cup. I have also heard comments from their Coach that they are relaying a lot on Dane Klate’s input who is a former Pirates player and he knows the team very well, but that won’t deter us. We are mentally strong and ready for any challenge that will come our way.
“It took a lot of work and introspection for us to be in the positive space we are in. We fought to be where we are and we have not made a secret of it so tomorrow we will continue with that approach which is to take it one match at a time and to fight for a win.”
“There are a number of senior players in the team including the likes of (Rooi) Mahamutsa, (Siyabonga) Sangweni, (Happy) Jele and (Thandani) Ntshumayelo to name a few who have taken it upon themselves to help foster a positive mentality, team spirit as well as instil the “Pirates Way” amongst the junior players. We all sat down as players and discussed what we want to achieve with the Club and also why we are here.
The decision was that we are here to fight for the Club and that is the approach for every match we play in. We all understand what it means to play for this great Club and we know that if we give a 100% effort in all we do then we are honouring the faith the supporters and management has in us”.