'Bucs loss makes them wounded animal'

Premiership

Black Leopards general manager Tshifiwa 'Chief' Thidiela says Orlando Pirates' 3-0 drubbing by Mamelodi Sundowns will make things very difficult for them this week.

Leopards will need all three points against the Buccaneers on Thursday at Orlando Stadium to stand any chance of surviving relegation this season.

The Limpopo side is currently stuck at the bottom of the DStv Premiership table with 18 points after 25 matches, six points from safety.

"I don't think football is unpredictable," Thidiela says in an interview with KickOff.com.

"We may not been getting results but I think the only issue we've been suffering from is just that luck. I don't think there's much that we will need to go and change at all.

"Also just because Pirates lost to Sundowns, that will even make things more difficult for us. They are a wounded animal, they will want to go and redeem themselves. They are also playing at Orlando, it's very tough obviously for anyone going to Orlando.

"We can't say because now they have lost we are now expecting a win, their loss is going to make things even more difficult for us. We need to go and work hard, obviously this is a do-or-die for us. All the five remaining games are like cup finals to us.

"We are number 16 and we've been there before, so it's been frustrating because we've been playing very well. And we find ourselves still losing the matches, it's very frustrating. We've been fighting throughout. That's why I'm saying there is nothing new that is going to come."

'Chief' was asked if there were bonuses or incentives in place to motivate the players in the last five matches.

"It's things that are always standard. Like I'm saying nothing will be new, it's things that are always there," he says.

"We are lucky because our players understood and they want to fight obviously to return their jobs. The biggest losers obviously will be the players if the team was to be relegated because they will not be able to get the salaries that they are getting now and some will even lose jobs.

"So that is the major thing that is going to motivate them because they are not doing it for David Thidiela but for themselves."

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