The two Gauteng clubs are scheduled to participate in the Asiphephe Road Safety tournament at the Chatsworth Stadium on January 26 and 27, but the draw for the tournament has still to be made.
The tournament will be played in a knockout format with a double-header semifinal on Saturday January 26. The final takes place a day later.
Head coach Owen Da Gama has told Pirates’ website that he is thrilled at the prospect of meeting quality opposition as part of his preparations for the second round.
“I am not worried at the possibilities of a Derby. It is games like the Derby that will allow us to grow. It will be an opportunity for us to re-assess if we have corrected our mistakes. We must prove ourselves by taking on the big challenge.”
He admitted, though, that he won’t be giving away much of his game-plan for the second round of the season: “We will be boxing cleverly. We will be going out to win but do that without giving much away. We don’t want people to know what we want to do in the New Year. Our main focus is the League and the new Nedbank Cup,” Da Gama added.
“I just hope by the time the tournament starts, we will have reinforced the areas which I have raised concern about. This is our chance to also assess some of the players who have not had enough time to prove themselves.”