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Orlando Pirates signings Gumede

Posted: 13 February 2015 Time: 13:03

New Orlando Pirates signings Tshepo Gumede and Siyabonga Mpontshane will have to cast sentiment aside when Bucs visit their former club Platinum Stars at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday.

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The pair traded alliances last month, with Gumede now available for selection after serving a one-match suspension in the Buccaneers' dramatic 2-1 win at AmaZulu in midweek.

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"I would relish the opportunity to play against my former team, they know me and I know what they are about, I know their mentality and their plan for us which should make it an interesting affair," Gumede told Bucs' official website.

"We know Rustenburg is really hot and obviously Platinum Stars will be using the heat as a weapon but we have been working hard at training since January on our fitness and conditioning so I believe we will be up for the challenge. The idea is to pace ourselves and control the conditions on the pitch by retaining possession and controlling the pace of the game.

"The fact that the weather has been in the upwards of 30 degrees in Joburg will also come to our aid as we are now used to the extreme weather conditions. In fact in an effort to raise our tolerance levels for the searing heat expected in Phokeng, we will be training at 15h00 this afternoon, which should match the conditions we will be playing under on Saturday," reasoned the defender.

Goalkeeper Mpontshane added: "We have a clear objective of finishing in the top two positions, so for Pirates each match has a different approach depending on the opposition but the objective is the same at all times, we want to get the three points in order to achieve our goal.

“We are playing Stars at home so I think we can expect an open and attacking game from start to finish, they are in a bad position and they will be desperate to move out of the relegation zone. They have a strong counter attacking game and they rely heavily on wing-play but we have a plan and whoever plays on the day, I know will be the do their best to win for the club."

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