With a record of one victory and three losses at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Orlando Pirates will have to tread very careful when they take on Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership fixture tomorrow night.
Bucs lost twice in the qualifiers of the African Champions League to Mochudi Centre Chiefs of Botswana and Recreativo do Libolo of Angola in successive years.
Polokwane City (formerly known as Bay United) also got the better of them when they held them to a 1-1 draw at the same venue in 2010.
Pirates’ only win was over now relegated Jomo Cosmos when they came from a goal down to win 2-1 in a game that boosted their title aspirations last season.
Pirates will need a win against United, and hope that Platinum Stars lose to SuperSport United, if they are to capture the second quarter of PSL’s Q Innovation.
Their two successive draws against Chippa United and Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs have dented Roger De Sa’s chances of taking home the R1.5m that goes with clinching the Q2.
“Statistics cannot determine how we must play tomorrow,” said Bucs right-back Happy Jele.
“The important thing is to do the job and if we can beat United people will not be talking about how badly we have been doing in Port Elizabeth, but the victory.”
The Team of Choice have been impressive since the beginning of the season as their fourth spot suggests. But they have lost their last two matches – to Ajax in Cape Town and home to Platinum Stars.
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