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Orlando Pirates left-back Innocent Maela stresses importance of collecting three points

Posted: 18 October 2017 Time: 16:45

Orlando Pirates left-back Innocent Maela believes Platinum Stars will not be able to stop them if they follow coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic’s instructions.

The Buccaneers host Dikwena, who are coached by former Pirates mentor Roger de Sa at FNB Stadium tonight, hoping to get a positive result ahead of this weekend’s Soweto Derby against rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the same venue.

Pirates will be looking to get back to winning ways, having gone two matches without a victory. They drew 2-2 with Polokwane City before the FIFA break and suffered their first defeat of the season at Bidvest Wits prior to that.

Maela said they are confident going into the game, but admitted that it won't be an easy fixture.

“I think it will be a very challenging game for us, but we are playing at home and we have the confidence because we’ve prepared well,” Maela said.

“We are ready and strong going into the game. If we do things right and listen to the coach’s instructions, we will grab all three points.”

Dikwena left-back Luvo Mpeta, meanwhile, said they are responding well to new coach De Sa’s philosophy and that they feel they can get a win against the Buccaneers.

“Things are good. There is a change in terms of the style of play and we have a good coach, good players who are also responding well to his tactics so everything is positive,” Mpeta said.

“We’ve been preparing well for this game, the only thing now is we just have to win.

“We have to start winning against Pirates and playing against a big team like this is a motivation in itself. We have to be composed all the time and do the right things and approach the game well.”

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Article by: Rofhiwa Lihaiwa
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