Best time to play Polokwane – Lekgwathi

Orlando Pirates will show no mercy to bottom-of-the-log Polokwane City, Buccaneers captain Lucky Lekgwathi said ahead of their soccer Premiership clash at Orlando Stadium tomorrow.

Polokwane parted ways with their coach Duncan Lechesa yesterday after four consecutive draws in their league campaign, and now have to deal with a dangerous Pirates side on their home turf without a recognised mentor.

“It’s the best time to be playing Polokwane. It’s good to build our motivation,” Lekgwathi said yesterday.

“I heard that their coach has been fired and they’re not doing well, so we must just use that advantage.”

While other teams have played three and four matches each, Pirates have turned out just once in the league – due to their CAF Champions League commitments – losing 1-0 to AmaZulu at Orlando in early August. They are one spot above Polokwane with no points following the loss.

“We don’t have any points in the league yet, so we want to make sure we get three points on Wednesday,” Lekgwathi said.

“We are second from bottom and we want to improve that by winning the game and using the advantage of playing at home. It’s time to catch up now, we spoke about it. It’s just taking it one game at a time.”

Pirates go into the game fresh off a 1-0 loss to Congolese side AC Leopards in the Champions League on Saturday, but still top the group after good results in the competition.

Lekgwathi said his side is keen to translate their success into the local league.

“We need to carry on our good form from the Champions League. The experience from Africa will help us a lot. If you look at our team there are a lot of youngsters who have gained experience in the Champions League.”

He said playing Polokwane would provide a brief respite from tackling the bigger sides.

“It’s nice to be playing them instead of a team like Kaizer Chiefs. They are obviously bottom of the log, but when those teams play us or Kaizer Chiefs they double their efforts.”

Tomorrow’s fixtures: Golden Arrows vs Free State Stars (King Zwelithini Stadium), SuperSport United vs Moroka Swallows (Lucas Moripe Stadium), Platinum Stars vs University of Pretoria (Royal Bafokeng Stadium), Orlando Pirates vs Polokwane City (Orlando Stadium), Maritzburg United vs Mpumalanga Black Aces (Harry Gwala Stadium).

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