Bucs back to the grind

Telkom Knockout

This meeting at Orlando Stadium (20h00) is a delayed Telkom Knockout Cup first round contest, with the winner meeting Maritzburg United in the quarter-finals next weekend.

While the Buccaneers have proudly raised the flag in continental football, they have struggled to get out of the blocks domestically, managing just a single win in five League games coupled by a first round MTN8 defeat to Ajax Cape Town.

For now Pirates must put thoughts of that CAF Confederations Final against Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel next month in the back pocket as they have five games to play locally – including the Soweto Derby – before that two-legged decider.

AmaTuks are standing as the immediate hurdle as they seek to advance to the last 8 of the TKO. Just like Pirates, AmaTuks have struggled early on with a single win in six League games.

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The last time Pirates played a domestic match was 24 days ago when they were held to a goalless draw by Polokwane City – one of four local games in which they have failed to score – but they have since recorded two straight victories over Al-Ahly.

Also disturbing about this fixture is that it has always been goal-shy, producing just six goals in six matches – three of those finishing off as goalless draws.

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