Pirates won’t write off title chances


Orlando Pirates may be some distance behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs but they will not throw in the towel in the Absa Premiership title race just yet.

These are the sentiments of Pirates veteran goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands, who believes football is a game of “possibilities” as they continue their strong run of form under coach Josef Zinnbauer.

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The Buccaneers are currently on a seven game unbeaten run since their last defeat to Chiefs in the Soweto Derby at the start of November last year, with Zinnbauer having registered four wins and a draw in his first matches.

Despite the gap sitting at 12 points between the two Soweto rivals, after 18 rounds of fixtures played, Sandilands believes anything can still happen in the title race but insists the team’s focus should remain on themselves rather than what is happening on the log.

“Stranger things have happened in football, there’s always possibilities. For us, we’ve just got to make sure we’re doing what we can on our front and win our games,” said the 36-year-old.

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“We’ll see whatever happens, but judging on the current situation it looks like a big mountain to climb and teams on top are performing as well, not showing real signs of tapering off.

“But I think our focus has to be on our performances and trying to get the best we can out of our own individual and team performances, and take it from there.

“There’s no point in worrying about other teams when you’re not performing or picking the points, because then the situation won’t improve much.

“So, our attention is solely on what we can do, try and get the ship back sailing in the right direction.”

Pirates will next host AmaZulu at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening (18h00).

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