Lucky Lekgwathi wary of wounded Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 26 August 2011 Time: 12:17 pm
Orlando Pirates skipper Lucky Lekgwathi is fully aware of the threat Mamelodi Sundowns will pose in the second leg of the MTN8 semifinal at Loftus on Sunday, but he says Bucs are up for the challenge.
The treble champions enjoy a slender 3-2 lead from the first leg, and with Sundowns having hammered Moroka Swallows 4-0 in midweek, they know they will have their work cut out to progress to the Final.
The 35-year-old defender admits that the Brazilians will come into this encounter in high spirits, but insists that they won’t go out there and defend their lead, but rather look to score a crucial away goal.
“It’s going to be tough. We beat them 3-2 and obviously they will come out like wounded lions, but we just have to make sure that we are mentally fit and physically ready,” Lekgwathi says.
“After our loss to Maritzburg United people say the morale is down. That’s wrong, the spirit is very high. We know we are playing the final before the final and we are looking forward to another tough game.”
Lekgwathi says the danger of trying to protect their slender lead by trying to defend throughout can come back and haunt them if Downs can score a solitary goal, which will send them through to the final.
“We won’t go there and defend; we will play our normal game. It will be dangerous for us to defend because if they can get one goal they will go through, so we must play our normal game.
“Our plan will be to make sure that they don’t score and for us to score an early goal.”