Shabba brushes off Bucs troubles

Chiefs are high in confidence as they extended their lead at the summit to 11 points last night with a 3-0 defeat of title rivals Bidvest Wits, with Tshabalala providing the assist for Mulomowandau Mathoho's goal at Bidvest Stadium.

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Bucs, meanwhile, are picking up the pieces after their coach Vladimir Vermezovic resigned yesterday in the wake of a 2-1 home loss to Maritzburg United.

'Shabba', though, insisted the unbeaten Amakhosi retain "the utmost respect" for the seventh-placed Buccaneers.

"Looking ahead of the match against Orlando Pirates, it will definitely not be a walk in the park," Tshabalala said on his official website.

"We know that they have not been doing great but that counts for nothing as they are a formidable side. We have to give them the utmost respect.

"We have played Pirates 30 times in all competitions since 2007 and have beaten them 10 times compared to the seven times that they have defeated us. There have been 13 draws in total.

"We would surely love to avoid another draw as we continue collecting point’s one match at a time.

"I know that the support for this game is huge and we will try to make all of the Amakhosi supporters proud. Woza Saturday, Woza Soweto Derby. We are 'Forever Fearless'!"

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