Mpho Makola identifies Free State Stars' strength when playing at home
Posted: 14 May 2016 Time: 10:19
Orlando Pirates midfielder Mpho Makola has explained why Free State Stars are hard to beat at home, and calls on his teammates to work extra hard to overcome them.
Bucs face a tough test away to Ea Lla Koto in the Nedbank Cup semi-final later today, with an unfavourable record in the Free State.
This season, Stars have already beaten Pirates in the Absa Premiership and have not lost against them since the 2010/11 season at home.
Meanwhile, the last time the two sides met in this very competition Stars advanced via a 2-1 victory at the Orlando Stadium in 2012, which could be a cause for concern for Eric Tinkler's men.
Makola, a former Stars midfielder himself, says what makes them so dnagerous is their attitude against the big teams and knowing that they have nothing to lose.
"I think, first of all, it's the kind of attitude they have when they play bigger teams at home," said 'Bibo'.
"I think the whole team is highly motivated and, to them, they've got nothing to lose so they put in extra effort when they play against big teams, which makes it difficult for us to play them away."
The 30-year-old attacker believes Pirates will need to match their opponents' effort in order to beat them, as they will come out "guns blazing".
"They're going to come guns blazing [this afternoon] so it's up to us to work extra hard and put extra effort into our game," he added.
"At the end of the day, we also want [to win the game and progress to the final] so it will be up to who wants it more."
Kick-off for today's encounter is scheduled for 15h00 at Goble Park, with tickets already sold out.