Orlando Pirates midfielder Fortune Makaringe has warned against writing them off in the league title race as he looks ahead to this evening’s crunch tie with Mamelodi Sundowns.
Pirates and Sundowns will face off in the official re-opening of PSL football following the Covid-19-enforced suspension that halted the 2019/20 season in March.
This will be The Buccaneers’ first test in four months, since their goalless draw with Golden Arrows, and the players are raring to go, according to Makaringe.
“We are all ready and itching to get back to playing the game we love. It has been a while since we last played competitive football but fortunately that time has finally come,” Makaringe told Bucs’ website.
“Preparations have gone well, nothing much has changed in how we prepare. However, to play without fans will take some mental adjusting from our part.
“It’s been such a long time since we last played but I believe this break might have served us well, and we can use it to regain the form we had earlier in year.”
Though they are eight points adrift of log leaders Kaizer Chiefs and currently occupy fourth spot on the standings, Makaringe believes they are poised to make a late run for the championship as they have already been written off by their rivals.
“I feel the pressure will be more on the teams above and not us, as some have already written us off,” he added.
“So we will play minus the burden that the likes of Chiefs and Sundowns will be carrying and this could work in our favour in the remaining matches.
“On a personal level, I’m feeling very good. I’m raring to go. I enjoy playing big games and they don’t come any bigger than against Sundowns.”