Orlando Pirates will need to shift their focus to a possible Telkom Knockout semi-final berth when they host Golden Arrows on Wednesday night
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Pirates will need to shift their focus to the local cup competition, after securing their spot in the continental competition's final by drawing 1-1 with Esperance in Tunis.
Roger de Sa's charges had little time to rest after their exertions in North Africa, with the squad being sent straight to camp in order to prepare for the quarterfinal tie against Abafana Bes’thende.
The coach is adamant that the side will keep its head down and focus on defeating a tricky Golden Arrows side in Soweto.
“We have a job to do, its great to return with a positive result in the Caf competition but now our focus is on the local scene," De Sa told the club's official website.
"We have Golden Arrows up next. They are not an easy side to beat but we will plan accordingly and hope for a positive outcome on Wednesday evening.”
Arrows will target revenge after losing 3-1 to Pirates in the 2011 semifinal of the competition, where Abafana Bes’thende took the lead only for the Buccaneer's to hit back with three goals.
Mark Harrison's first match in charge of the Durban-based side allows him to test his side against one of the toughest opposition in the PSL.
Harrison may eye an upset against a fatigued Pirates outfit, which may resort to playing a few reserve players against the visiting side.
Kickoff is set for 19:30 at the Orlando Stadium, which will be followed by the draw for the Telkom Knockout semifinals.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- In the last 20 matches between the sides, Pirates have dominated the win count, defeating Arrows on 13 occasions compared to Abafana Bes’thende three wins.
- Pirates have scored 29 goals and conceded 14 against Arrows during the last 20 meetings.
- This will be the third time Arrows have met Pirates in the Telkom Knockout, and the visiting team will hope to be third time lucky after losing 1-0 in 2010 and 3-1 in 2011.
- Arrows qualified for the quarterfinals thanks to an 80th minute winner from Rudolf Bester against Bidvest Wits, which sealed a 3-2 victory.
- Pirates breezed past Mpumalanga Black Aces 3-1 to set up Wednesday's quaterfinal tie.