Makola: Pirates must step up

Telkom Knockout

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Pirates have been in scintillating form in the Confed Cup, progressing as far as the final where they will play Tunisia’s Étoile du Sahel in November.

Having returned to domestic football with last Friday's 2-1 win over University of Pretoria in the Telkom Knockout, Makola believes it's time they step it up locally.

Bucs enter a gruelling period with Wednesday night’s Absa Premiership clash against Bidvest Wits, followed by Maritzburg United, both at Orlando Stadium, in the quarter-final of the TKO.

The Buccaneers will next square off against Golden Arrows, also at home, next week Wednesday before contesting the Soweto Derby with Kaizer Chiefs on October 31.

Eric Tinkler's men will then travel to Cape Town for a meeting with Ajax Cape Town on November 4.

“As a team we sat down and evaluated our performance domestically and collectively we agreed that it is nowhere near the level we’re at in Africa [CAF],” Makola says to this website.

“We feel that we need to step up and start doing well in the local league too because we want to continue competing in Africa meaning we have to do well in the local football also.

“Looking at the fixtures ahead, we want to start doing well in the league also where we have some really tough fixtures.

“Wits, Arrows, Chiefs and Ajax are all difficult sides to face but I believe these games come at the right time because we’re in good form and we also want to use our CAF experience.

“We need to start winning also because we need to start collecting points.”

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