Orlando Pirates' Luvuyo Memela braced for Cape Town City onslaught in Nedbank Cup
Posted: 13 March 2018 Time: 08:49
Orlando Pirates winger Luvuyo Memela expects Cape Town City to "come hard from start to finish" in their Nedbank Cup last-16 tie.
The teams will collide at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday (19h30).
Memela, who hit a brace in the recent Soweto Derby win over Kaizer Chiefs, sat out a training session at Rand Stadium on Monday but is in contention to feature in the Mother City.
“It’s not going to be easy playing against Cape Town City away, they are a good side playing good football and with a very clever coach in Benni McCarthy. They play attacking football and we expect them to come hard at us from start to finish,” Memela told his club's website.
“That being said, we also have a very good technical team in coach 'Micho' [Milutin Sredojevic] and coach Rhulani [Mokwena]. We’ve had the whole week to study them carefully and come up with a plan of how to deal with City on the day.
“For us, the preparations are two-fold. Firstly, we have studied the opponent and tried to identify weaknesses that we can exploit during the match, and secondly, we have worked on our own game and performance to make sure that regardless of what comes our way on match day, we are capable of dealing with it.”
Memela hails from the Cape and is excited at the prospect of playing in front of friends and family.
“I’m very happy that I’ll be playing at home, it’s not every day that you are watched by your family live at the stadium. I am excited to play in front of my mother and I want to make her and my family proud. But I also understand that I can’t afford to be carried away because my job and primary responsibility on match day is to my coaches’ instructions and to the benefit of the team.”
Mamelodi Sundowns will host minnows EC Bees tonight looking to join Chiefs, Bloemfontein Celtic, Maritzburg United, Baroka FC, Ubuntu Cape Town and Free State Stars in the quarter-finals of the event.
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