Brian Onyango eyes Orlando Pirates scalp
Posted: 1 February 2018 Time: 20:30
Orlando Pirates' stature is ample motivation to put one over the Soweto giants, according to Maritzburg United defender Brian Onyango.
Maritzburg on Saturday will visit a wounded Pirates, who lost 3-0 at relegation-threatened Ajax Cape Town yesterday despite having countless chances at Cape Town Stadium.
The Team of Choice, who trail fourth-placed Bucs by two points but with a game in hand, are coming off a 1-1 draw with Chippa United from last week.
They have since sold their top scorer Evans Rusike to SuperSport United, although they were making efforts to bring in fellow Zimbabwean John Zhuwawu as a replacement prior to the transfer window closing last night.
"So far we have trained well this week and we are training for the win," Onyango told his club's website.
“This season we have been good on the road, getting points away from home. We’ll certainly be giving it our best shot and it will be up to the man above to decide.
“Pirates are one of the biggest teams in Africa, so that’s motivation enough for us as players. It’s also motivating for us that Pirates are above us on the table, so of course you want to give extra. But as a soccer player, your mentality must be to give extra each and every game.”
Fadlu Davids' side and Kaizer Chiefs boast the best defences in the league this season, having both conceded 11 goals in 19 matches. Onyango reckons Siyanda Xulu has made a difference at the back for the KZN outfit since his off-season arrival from Chiefs.
“This club is a club that makes good signings. The Siyanda Xulu signing has been good for team and good for us as players, because we have learnt some things from him. He has played for big clubs and he has brought his experience here.
“To fight for your position is normal in football. No-one can just hand you your position, so you have to work hard for it and competition is good,” the Kenya international continued. “Whoever starts has been pushing hard to do their best, and the communication has also been very good.
“There is competition, so you know that when you get your chance you have to work hard to make sure we keep our good record, you can’t let the team down. So the combination and the communication and the love amongst us defenders is excellent.”