Makola: Nothing to prove against Stars



"We have been training hard and we are prepared to face them. Personally I have nothing to prove therefore I will approach this match like any other game," Makola told Pirates' official website.

Last season Makola - who switched clubs in July 2012 - scored against Ea Lla Koto in a 2-0 league victory for Bucs on 14 March. He said he endured mixed emotions at the time.

"What I remember about that goal was that I had mixed emotions about it. I was happy to score for my team Pirates but I also I had respect for them as my former team and that is why I didn’t celebrate that goal.

"The reality is that I am an Orlando Pirates player now but at the same time I cannot forget about where I come from hence I needed to show my former team respect by not celebrating."

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old reiterated that his team have put in the yards during the Fifa break, and he urged The Ghost to make their presence felt on the weekend.

"We have been training well and working real hard at keeping match fit. We had a friendly match over the weekend so the preparations have been great and we will continue from where we left off before the break."

He added: "I just want to say [to the fans], please come to Orlando Stadium in your numbers. I know we had a bit of a stumble along the way but I personally believe we are back on track. We are grateful for the support you always give us and will fight to collect maximum points."

The Sea Robbers are fifth on the table with 11 points from seven matches - 10 points behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs, and one ahead of sixth-placed Stars.