Orlando Pirates seek their first win in three years, in an opening week of a Absa Premiership season when they take on SuperSport United at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Buccaneers have failed to register a win in their opening match since the 2012/12 season when they defeated Golden Arrows 2-1 at the Orlando Stadium. Since then, Pirates have lost 1-0 to Amazulu and 2-1 against Moroka Swallows.
The Buccaneers travelled by bus to Polokwane on Tuesday with the good news that striker Tendai Ndoro and midfielder Edwin Gyimah have finally secured their work permits; making them available for selection for the opening league game of the season.
Eric Tinkler’s men come into this game off the back of a morale boosting 2-0 win over CS Sfaxien in the CAF Confederations Cup. Following the win over the Tunisian giants, Tinkler said: “In football you have games to redeem yourself so we just have to keep going and look to remain consistent going into the league”
“Matches against SuperSport United have never been easy. We expect a tough game against them but we go to Polokwane looking to start the season on a good footing.”
The last time these two sides met, Orlando Pirates walked away with an impressive 4-1 win over United. In that game, a young starlet in the form of 22 year old attacking midfielder Menzi Masuku was born – scoring a brace and picking up the Man of the Match award.
Masuku, who played – and scored against CS Sfaxien this past weekend, will be looking to continue on his rich reign of form by producing another five star performance against United. “I am happy with the direction my game is going,” he said. “Although the league is a marathon and not a sprint, we still would like to start the season well by registering a win on Wednesday night. We have respect for our opposition but we will go into this game with one mission and that is to collect three points.”