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Orlando Pirates winger Luvuyo Memel says his side were desperate for a Nedbank Cup final

Posted: 15 May 2016 Time: 11:48

Orlando Pirates winger Luvuyo Memela says Orlando Pirates’ campaign in the Nedbank Cup that has seen them beat Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and now Free State Stars shows the desire the side have to lift the trophy.  

The 28-year-old has excelled and was involved in three goals, scoring two himself, to ensure The Buccaneers advance to the May 28 final by defeating Free State Stars 4-2 at Goble Park on Saturday. They will now face SuperSport United in the decider.

The ex-Cape Town All Stars winger, who joined Bucs earlier this season, has scored three goals in this year’s Nedbank Cup and has made left-wing position his own.

Their success in the Nedbank Cup has been in contrast to poor league form that has seen them go winless in their last four matches.

‘’I think for me we were more focussed on the Nedbank Cup then the league,’’ says Memela.

‘Of course we wanted to win [those league] games and we still want to get into the top-eight. It was a bad last four games [in the league] but I’m happy that we came back against Stars and won at the end of the day.’’

Bucs are seeking to win this trophy for the third time under the guise of Nedbank after previous victories in 2011 and 2014.

And Memela feels reaching the final will appease their fans.

‘’We are happy that we won because we wanted to win this game to go to the final,’’ he added.

‘With the way we have played this season, there were times where we were playing well and they were times where we were not.

‘’So we needed to get to the final and I’m hoping we will win the game and hoping also that next season we will play in the CAF [Confederations Cup].’’     

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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