Sat, 08 May 2021

Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele insists they will make life difficult for Mamelodi Sundowns in the upcoming Nedbank Cup quarter-final.

The two South African giants meet on Thursday evening with a spot in the semi-final on Sunday against Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) up for grabs.

Speaking to the media ahead of the mammoth encounter, Jele reassured that the match would not be a walk in the park for the current DStv Premiership leaders.

"I would say it's a motivation, to play two games and we can be in the final. It's a motivation on its own," said the Buccaneers skipper.

"But first we need to focus on the game that is coming, which is the quarter-final, that's the most important thing. If we fight from there, then we go to the semi-final.

"I believe if we put more effort than we give that is coming, then we will go to the next round."

Sundowns already handed the Buccaneers a defeat in the league this season at the start of the year, and Jele insists that Thursday's match is not revenge but redemption.

"It's not revenge; it's just a game. The most important thing is that it is a competition. It's either you're in, or you're out," Jele continued.

"So, for us, it's not about revenge. We're focusing on ourselves as a team, we want to go through to the next round, and by that, we have to push more harder."

Jele added: "Both teams have good qualities, you know, and we're playing against a good team in Africa. They've been doing well in the Champions League and in the league.

"We respect them, but on the day it's a game, a game of football for us as a team, as Pirates, we are big also, we are going to go there because we want win.

"It's a game, we're going to fight as Orlando Pirates, and we want to get the result to go to the next round, and it's not going to be easy for them."

Kick-off is at 18:00.

Source: News24

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