Challenge laid down to Pirates’ leaders


Orlando Pirates coach Fadlu Davids has shared his take on their upcoming clash against Highlands Park, calling on the big characters in the squad to lead with their performance.

Pirates have been called to quickly shift their focus from Saturday’s shock defeat to Absa Premiership newcomers Stellenbosch to this evening’s visit to Highlands.

The Buccaneers find themselves down in 10th position at present, desperately needing a turn in results in order to catapult themselves back up toward the top end of the table.

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In order to turn the corner, Davids has assured the players have been well prepared for the battle that lies ahead but called on the senior characters to take initiative and steer the ship back on course by targeting the all-important positive result.

“We know it’s a different test; it’s a tricky Highlands Park. Yes, you could say it’s a very similar approach in their defensive structure,” Davids told his club’s channel.

“But the one change from Stellenbosch, where it was a deeper, zonal defensive block, here we’re looking at a man-to-man orientation whether it’s mid-zone or deeper-zone.

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“We’ve prepared the players in terms of how we want to unlock them and what exactly we should be aware of and their strengths, and we’ll be fully prepared for the game.

“We know we need a strong-willed performance to be able to turn it around and get the result we need, so we need all the characters and everybody pulling in the same direction, to put our chests out, be confident and really go for the result.”

Kick-off has been set for 19h30, with tickets to the Makhulong Stadium having already sold out.

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