'Pirates final game is not a holiday'

Polokwane City head coach Jozef Vukusic might be forced to field some fringe players when they visit Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

The second-placed Buccaneers must get all three points against City to stand any chance of winning the Absa Premiership title as they currently trail Mamelodi Sundowns by two points.

Rise and Shine will be without striker Puleng Tlolane and defender Ayanda Nkili, who are still nursing injuries.

The Limpopo side will want to redeem themselves after last weekend's 3-1 humiliation at the hands of relegation candidates Chippa United at home.

But with a top-eight spot already secured, several regular players are expected to be given a rest.

"Ja, let's see, let's see. Yes we have some guys, they are good, I would like to see them but we know that this is no easy game, so I don't take that game only like that, no," Vukusic tells KickOff.com.

"Yes of course we have our challenges in the team, some players are injured. But I don't want to complain so any players they will play for our team. I take it like a normal game and there will be enough experience on the field, and enough players who played the whole season so it's not only like that we go for the holiday there, no. Puleng and Nkili are injured."

It is no secret that Sundowns would love to see City deny Bucs a win, but Vukusic says he will not be doing any sides any favours on Saturday. The Tshwane giants only need a point against Free State Stars at Goble Park to be crowned 2018/19 champions.

"Everyone must help... but not me to him and that, himself they must do it. But eh, even they don't have it in their own hands? That is, you know this specific game is special for them because we played a good season, we have our target but we want to play good in the last game," Vukusic continues.

"The challenge is for them, but even [Pirates] they are psychologically under pressure because they don't have it in their own hands so, this game, a game like that for them I expect a tough game because they will go behind the results. So it will be tough for us and for them as it is the last game of the season.

"They still have a chance for the title so the opponent will be very tough. But we go into this game prepared and we want to show why we are there where we are [fifth], because we can't move so much, we will be on fifth or sixth position which is nice, very good for the club. We achieved the target, but we have still one game so we want to play it."

Vukusic says he knows very well that Pirates will come at them guns blazing.

"No, okay but this is their problem you know. We go to play our game, even psychologically it can work for us. I had many experiences this season, this will be the last one and it was a nice season, and I hope that the finish will be the same. So we don't care, we play our game." 

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