Maduka identifies Pirates' strengths


Bloemfontein Celtic coach John Maduka is wary of Orlando Pirates unbeaten start to the season but is confident he has a squad to go out and win this MTN8 final.

Celtic will be competing in their second cup final in the space of just three months, and will be hoping to go one better than their previous Nedbank Cup final.

Pirates lay in wait at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening, and Maduka has all his ducks in a row to try and go all out and claim the club's first trophy since 2012.

"It's a team that's playing good football, they've been so many [nine] games unbeaten – since we started this season, they haven't lost any game," said Maduka.

"So, that alone tells you that it's not going to be an easy game, we are going to play against a team that is well organised in defence, they know exactly what they're doing.

"Offensively, they are quick going forward, so we know exactly what we are facing on Saturday, and we have tried our best to make sure we're prepared well.

"We're playing the game according to a plan, but at the same time we don't put ourselves under pressure. We'll go out and try and give our best, and enjoy the game - that's the most important thing.

"This is our second final in two or three months or so, and it's very important for us to go and win this one. It's very important for us, but at the same time we know we can only win if we apply ourselves in a very good manner and we give everything to the best of our ability, and the results will follow.

"It is a very important game for us and we know that it's going to be very difficult, but like I said, with the squad that we have, we are capable of competing with anyone else.

"We are looking forward to the game, it's going to be very, very interesting, we can't wait. We can't wait for the game."

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