Pirates look to inflict more pain on Limpopo

Menzi Magubane

Orlando Pirates will be looking to make it two in a row to cement their dominance over Limpopo sides when they meet Black Leopards this Sunday.

On Wednesday Pirates made it look ever so easy when they beat Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila 3-0 to win their first match in the new year in grand style.

Thohoyandou Stadium will once again host the Bucs but this time against the Leopards. The Soweto giants would want to make this venue their personal slaughterhouse.

While the Buccaneers must be happy to have collected maximum points, attacking midfielder Wayde Jooste wants more.

“Winning is not enough. It’s very important for us to score goals. Goals will make a big difference at the end of the season, so we need more goals in our next matches,” he said.

Pirates have never scored more than three goals in any one match in the DStv Premiership.

The only time they scored that many goals this season was when they beat Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 in the MTN8. Jooste was instrumental in Pirates’ win on Wednesday and he was awarded man of the match.

On Sunday, coach Josef Zinnbauer will be hoping that the former Golden Arrows attacker continues with his fine form. Their three points against Tshakuma took them back up to fourth position but they are still seven points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Another maximum points against bottom of the log Leopards on Sunday could see them closing in on Downs should they fail to win. Bucs will be watching the Tshwane derby with interest on Saturday.

The derby will see second place SuperSport United host first place Sundowns. Pirates will be sure to hope for both teams to drop points in this match – so a draw will be most welcome in Soweto.

Pirates’ match against struggling Lidoda Duvha will kick-off at 3.30pm.

Picture source: @Jeffreymngomezulu