Orlando Pirates' Thabo Rakhale ready for Nedbank Cup clash with Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 23 April 2016 Time: 11:50
Orlando Pirates fan-favourite Thabo Rakhale is expecting a battle against Mamelodi Sundowns but feels the confidence his team have gained over the last two months will get them through tonight.
Tonight’s game at Lucas Moripe is a Nedbank Cup quarter-final which falls at a time when The Bucs have won seven of their last eight games and in a week when The Brazilians were knocked out of the CAF Champions League, falling down to the Confederation Cup.
“We are confident that we will do well in this match because we have been winning games and playing good football. Even with them they are in that momentum of having everything turning into gold. So we are looking forward to this game though I know it will be a battle,” says Rakhale.
“You cannot judge Sundowns based on a previous performance when they are playing against Orlando Pirates. It is unlike when they are playing against any other team. It will be a different ball game because they will want to win at all costs and you cannot look at their last match because we know that they will throw everything at us and we are ready for them. The game will be won and lost in midfield because they have a good midfield and we also have a good midfield. For both teams attacking wise, they are both good and it will be a matter of who wants it more on the day,” he explains.
‘Jomo’ says they are also pushed by what ultimately winning the Nedbank Cup brings – a return to Africa.
“That motivates us and even our fans know that too. We didn’t have the best of seasons but our fans have been there for us and winning something for them will be great. Playing in CAF has always been our goal since the start of the season and seeing that third place might be impossible the Nedbank Cup is the only option,” says Rakhale.