Orlando Pirates midfielder Clifford Ngobeni aware of the unpredictability presented by Santos
Posted: 14 January 2011 Time: 13:22
Orlando Pirates midfielder Clifford Ngobeni says he is aware of the unpredictability presented by Santos ahead of the two teams meeting at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, but he believes that Bucs should still be able to walk away with maximum games.
Since breaking into the congested Pirates midfield Ngobeni has made a bold statement about his intentions to play regularly. “We have prepared very well throughout the week and everything is looking fine as of now as we have no injury or suspensions this week. “I am impressed with the way we have prepared for the game. Santos are a difficult team to play against because you never know what to expect from them, but we just have to be focused and stick to our game plan. That way I am certain we will be able to take all three points at the end of 90 minutes. “I know from my time at Ajax that Santos are always tricky opposition that you must never treat with kid gloves. Though they are known to always keep it compact, you never know how they will play on the particular day,” says Ngobeni. The Soweto born midfielder says the Telkom KnockOut final loss to Kaizer Chiefs was a major wake up call for them and they are now aiming at not making the mistakes that they made at FNB Stadium that night. Since that defeat to their arch rivals Pirates have taken 10 points from a possible 12 available, winning three and drawing one and Ngobeni believes that is testimony to the work that they have put into making sure that they don’t repeat the same mistakes that cost them their second cup success this season. “We are always trying to rectify the mistakes that we committed in the past by working hard at all the sessions and I hope it continues to pay off. In fact, all the points that we have dropped gave us a wake-up call and we don’t want to make the same mistakes again. But then anything is possible in football, so we will just hope that we have the luck that is needed in this game. “We have a good squad of committed players who are always willing to learn. While it is still too early to be thinking about winning the league, we must sure that we keep on banking the points,” says Ngobeni. If results go their way this weekend, Pirates might be at the top come Sunday morning.