Exclusive scenes: Pirates prep for Chiefs


KickOff.com gives you an exclusive look inside Orlando Pirates' preparations for this weekend's crunch Soweto Derby encounter against Kaizer Chiefs.

Pirates have been undistracted for the past two weeks as they prepare to come face-to-face with their arch-rivals in a sold-out affair at FNB Stadium this Saturday (15h00).

The Buccaneers were eliminated by Bidvest Wits at the first hurdle of the Nedbank Cup, and thus enjoyed a bye during last weekend's Last 16 fixtures, which saw Chiefs also get eliminated by Highlands Park.

However, Josef Zinnbauer's side have had the advantage of going through their routine at a reasonable pace over the past few days, which has afforded them time to get their squad to full strength.

Assistant coach Fadlu Davids along with captain Happy Jele, Fortune Makaringe and Wayne Sandilands addressed the media during their open day at Rand Stadium on Tuesday.

Bucs are currently on a 10-match unbeaten run that has seen them climb to within six points of log leaders Amakhosi but refuse to talk up their title chances, while insisting that they are not favourites in the upcoming tie.

This website obtained exclusive imagery of their training session that incorporated plenty of fitness and strength work - check it out in the gallery above...