Bucs get down to serious business

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Bucs will know at 11h00 today when the competition draw takes place, whether they will be meeting AmaZulu or Lamontville Golden Arrows in the opener of this in-augural two-day tourney to promote road safety in KwaZulu/Natal.

Pirates were Chiefs will be seeded to avoid a potential semi-final derby, throwing a damper on the hyped event. The first semifinal is scheduled for 12h00 on Saturday and the second immediately thereafter.

Ticket sales opened at Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers outlets country-wide yesterday morning and the fee for the two double-headers is R15 and with Chatsworth having only a capacity of 28 000, the “sold out” signs are likely to go up long before Friday.

Fans attending the matches will not only watch the top four local clubs in action but will also get to watch Bafana Bafana’s second Ghana Afcon 2008 group game against Tunisia on a big screen at the stadium on Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, according a report on Bucs’ website, after several days of physical training, a variety of tests and tactical work, the team got onto the pitch at the weekend to implement the theory they have been working on. They took on National First Division side Garankuwa United in a friendly and handed the Inland Stream third placed side a 3-1 routing.

Latest Zimbabwean recruit Gilbert Mushanganzikhe made his unofficial debut for the Bucanneers in that practice game played at the Simba Development stadium in Pimville but could not get off to a fiery as goals eluded him and the scorers on Saturday were Bennet Chenene, Ralph Matema and Tebogo Mashaba.

Yesterday, the team went through two sessions with physiotherapist John Williams in charge of the gym activity and Augusto Palacios took the team through some ball-work in the absence of head coach Owen da Gama.

The former Platinum Stars coach is currently away on compassionate leave after his father passed away at the weekend. He is only expected back at work on Monday.

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