Modiba notes Downs, Pirates differences


SuperSport United midfielder Aubrey Modiba has commented on the challenge of facing Orlando Pirates after suffering an opening-day defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.

SuperSport have arguably the toughest start to the 2019/20 season, facing all the Absa Premiership title challengers in their opening four fixtures.

Matsatsantsa suffered a 2-0 defeat to Tshwane rivals Sundowns earlier month, with their second encounter coming up against Pirates on Wednesday, before they face Bidvest Wits in the MTN8 this weekend and Kaizer Chiefs in the league next weekend.

This will ultimately play on their title charge early on, with the club known to have ambitions of adding to their three titles won in succession between 2008 and 2010.

But Modiba has since downplayed the pressure they’re faced with as they look to overcome the ‘PSL giants’ so early on in the campaign.  

“We can’t really complain about the fixtures because that’s what they’ve given us, we just have to plan accordingly because we’re playing three different teams,” said Modiba.

“Even though they are three big teams, they play differently, and we just have to plan accordingly. But it will be a tough task.

“Pirates won their first game, so I think their confidence is high, but we’re going to put up a fight.”

The 24-year-old attacker is likely to miss the clash with The Buccaneers set for the Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday evening (19h30) but assured he will be back stronger than before.

“It’s really disappointing actually, to get injured in the first game, because I really had high ambitions for this season – I wanted to do well and continue helping the team as much as I can,” he added.

“But I just have to be positive and make sure that I recover as quickly as possible, work on my rehabilitation and make sure I come back stronger and ready to work again.”