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Orlando Pirates are ready for Nedbank Cup challenge

Posted: 7 February 2012 Time: 7:18 am

Orlando Pirates coach Julio Leal will give Vodacom League side EThekwini Coastal FC the respect they deserve when they meet in the Nedbank Cup.  

Unlike last season when they faced Mamelodi Sundowns in their opening match, Pirates this time have been handed a seemingly easier draw.

CLICK HERE for the Nedbank Cup draw.   Leal says they will prepare for the game against the minnows like against any Premiership team.   "We can’t choose which team to play but I think it’s a good draw for both teams. We know the area [KwaZulu-Natal] always produces good players and teams that play good football. We will give the team the respect they deserve, but we will be victorious.”   The coach will rely on his 'spies' in KZN to help overcome their opponents.   "We have a lot of good players who played in finals last season and have learnt how important it is to win this tournament. We will engage our spies on the coast; as you know that the Nedbank Cup has got its surprises. But if you know your opponents and you know yourself you are in the good position to win the game."   The Buccaneers are chasing their third trophy this season after already winning the Telkom Knockout and MTN8 tournaments.   Pirates won three trophies last season and part of their ambition this year is to also win the CAF Champions League.   "We are not going to give priority to any competition as all of them are very important. We will take it one match at a time and apply the same strategy to win the treble again this season," Leal says. 

Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 07:22 am
Well said my coach, Pirates is on rampage & we are on the way to destroy all de enemies. Pirates yaka.
Anonymous
posted: 07:41 am
i hv no doubt abt dis tournament it goin 2 BUCS,
Botswanian4life
posted: 07:42 am
hat off coach,go there and show the world wat the Mighty Buccanneer is capable of,happy 75th annivesary and my God touchb all the Bakhajuju brand with blessings.

We do less than 3 trophies per season,Pirates motto if u don,t believe it means ur life is desirable so just sms 'khosi' then hollard will do the rest.

Pirates loves u and me
Champ-Bones
posted: 07:48 am
I am looking forward to meeting CapeTown All Stars in the next round
Loverboy!!
posted: 07:55 am
eish! tables can be turned.Hope dis minor team won't want to emulate Baroka.We must not also forget KZN muti,ask Pitso and his bafanax2.
mno
posted: 08:02 am
Correction Mr Leal, we don't want a trebble but we want the quadruple locally with the star in the Champions league, call us greedy but that's what we want on the ghost ship
Anonymous
posted: 08:02 am
As old as he is, the father of the actor yakwi Saw, the horror movie. His name is julio leal.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:05 am
Three trophies to go (Nedbank, League and Champions league), two already in the bag. A treble is possible Mabhakaniya. Champions League is my priority although I will love to defend the League and the Nedbank.
Liesbeeck
posted: 08:19 am
Defending all cups won , and clinching champions league is a mission possible. But as the coach stated, one game at a time.
Anonymous
posted: 08:24 am
kickoff, why are u not covering the match fixing scandal you bladdy agents. bastards. tsek.
Champ-Bones
posted: 08:28 am
Let me congradulate CapeTown All Stars well in advance for advancing to the last 16. We will meet you there boys
KING?
posted: 08:29 am

I am so dissapointed with this draw.

I wanted Sundowns, so that we can reduce them to nothing.

Though our priorities is CAF Champions league, we cannot afford not to bring in another TREBLE.

I cant wait to watch MY GALAXY OF STARS with the new sensation Miyeni, Nomdikhoni wami Umshumayeli, ubani ikhehla Morte.

Manyisa "The Rocket Scientist" n Andile "The Lion King" will continue their business. The JUJU man must bring in those crucial goals, We love you JUJU.
Anonymous
posted: 08:34 am
All+the best bhakabhaka in fact no shapa bucs shapa
Anonymous
posted: 08:34 am
A big point of correction to mr.Leal,we don't want a treble but a clean sweep.I mean all the throphies on offer including Champions league.
we hav all the weapons to win every single war,so lets go out there Mabhakaniya and bring all the throphies to Park Town.
UP THE BUCS!
mutakunanzva
posted: 08:39 am
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Champ-Bones
posted: 08:39 am
I will like to quote the EThekwini Coastal FC coach, "this is a bad draw for us, i was hoping to draw the Mvela & Vodacom everyday meal, the overrated bankrupt Bobby Business....now i am sure we are out. We just have to try our level best to avoid a netball score."
Champ-Bones
posted: 08:43 am
Can i ask something guys....are all the psl teams forced to take part in this tournament. I mean it is not good to partake on a tournament that you know you won't win.
Zebras are wasting their time in this Nedbank Tourney
Mesh - K 4 L
posted: 08:43 am
@Queen and company,don't u get tired of talkin rubish?Do u sit the whole day doin nothing?Just wondering.

piret sucks,they just talk rubish the whole day.Thina AMAKHOSI have decided not to argue with fools without facts.Not so long their stupid team wil start to show cracks,for now enjoy while it lasts.Cowza is no Angel or Messiah.......b.l.o.o.d.y f.o.o.l.s
Anonymous
posted: 08:51 am
I've warned pirates and downs fans not to argue or intimidate chivs hobbos.
@meshack.. Indlala ibanga ulaka. Stay there, Nengomasha is cumin with his 1400 to drop some food parcels for all the hobbos.
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 08:58 am
@ all ratex eaters,

You only one more than two cups in a season in your 75 years of history and already think you up there...

@KO editors,

News run that mafias at Safa were caught righ handed raping our football and all you reports is about rats all day. We need news guys, Mr Sedibe spilled the beans yesterday and all you do is write about Rick flair and his mafiozo club; all we can know is that the oldest mafia in the country is also implicated in the crimes against our football, and humanity! Get to work man!!!!
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