Champions feel new coach has given them fresh impetus
Orlando Pirates seek to consolidate a good start to the new regime of coach Roger de Sa when they travel to meet Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.
It has traditionally been a difficult trip for the Buccaneers, beaten there last December when the two sides met in the Free State capital.
But the reigning Premier Soccer League champions will be hoping there is a little momentum for the club since De Sa replaced Augusto Palacios in charge.
De Sa has won his first two games without conceding a goal and while the team looked scratchy in the first game against Platinum Stars, they were much more self assured in the next against Ajax Cape Town. That earned them a well-fought 2-0 home win on Tuesday.
“We are still needing a bit of confidence but that’s something we want to build,” said de Sa as he looked ahead to the game.
Celtic go into a tough game after a disappointing Wednesday defeat by Chippa United in Cape Town, where they had the lion’s share of the chances but did not convert.
But they will still be confident of their chances as coach Clinton Larsen feels they have made Bloemfontein a tough city for any side to visit and come away with points.
“We’ve lost just twice in our last 19 matches.”
Celtic have moved, however, from their citadel at the Seiso Ramabodu Stadium, which is awaiting renovation.
Sunday’s game is at the Free State Stadium.