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Nedbank Cup

The Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane is likely to be packed to the rafters when the third-tier side hosts struggling Pirates.

New Bucs coach Kjell Jonevret is still seeking his first win since he was appointed last month after three draws against Polokwane City, Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United – part of a 12-match winless run for the side that stretches back to November. 

Ntlantsana acknowledges that since Jonevret took over Bucs are showing signs of recovery but says they'll make sure on Sunday that the Swede does not get his first win at their expense.

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"We looking forward to it, and it is an exciting and interesting game. We are ready for them," Ntlantsana tells

"We'll definitely give it our best shot and see what happens. We've been stinging a lot of teams this side [in the Eastern Cape] and we hope we will continue that trend.

"We've seen them play against SuperSport and it looks like the new coach is not doing badly and he's sort of awaken them. So we can't really say because they've got a new coach it's going to be a walk over, especially as they are one of the best teams in the country. We have to just focus on our own game."

With the game set to be shown on live TV, Ntlantsana admits butterflies have already started to fly among the players, but they've ensured the boys won't suffer any stage fright on Sunday.

"We have worked on the mental side, which has not been easy, and we just calmed them down and told them, 'gents, at the end if the day it's a soccer game' and mainly we must just enjoy it and don't put themselves under a lot of pressure. They must try and do what they've been born to do." 

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