The hard-working skipper Benson Mhlongo said to SuperSport, "We must not underestimate Stars. I rate them a very good and well-organised team. If we do [underestimate them] then we could get punished."
Pirates have had the best start to a Premier Soccer League
season in decades. They are unbeaten and lead the standing with 14 points from
six matches, scoring seven and not conceding a league goal so far.
But the Bafana Bafana midfield anchorman added that Stars
could be one of the teams challenging for the league title along with Pirates
this season, despite the fact that they have only six points from as many
"It is not how you start the season but how you finish
it. Believe me I have great respect for Stars. They were unlucky to lose (1-0)
to Kaizer Chiefs last week.
"They created a lot of goalscoring chances and they
will have learnt from their mistakes. I expect them to bounce back against us.
This is going to be a real test for us," Mhlongo said.
He added that he has a great deal of respect for Stars coach
Steve Komphela. "Steve is first rate and knows what he wants and knows how
to get the best out of his players. I worked with him at the national level and
know how good a coach he is. Stars will give us a good run for our money,” said
the Bafana midfielder.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com