Happy Jele: Orlando Pirates eyeing nothing less than victory against Kaizer Chiefs

Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates clears ball from Ayanda Patosi of Cape Town City, September 2018
The Buccaneers are hoping to maintain their pursuit of the league's summit with victory over Amakhosi

Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele says his troops are brimming with confidence ahead of their eagerly anticipated clash with Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

The two giants of South African football will lock horns at the iconic FNB Stadium in the first Soweto Derby of the season.

Jele says they will be eyeing nothing but victory against third-placed Chiefs as second-placed Bucs look to keep up with current PSL log leaders Bidvest Wits.

"We don't need motivation because playing in the Soweto Derby is a motivation on its own," Jele told the media on Wednesday.

Jele, who has been on the books of Pirates since 2006, will be making his 23rd appearance in the Soweto Derby which is arguably the biggest football match in the country.

The 31-year-old defender believes that they will emerge victorious over Amakhosi if they implement what they have been doing at training under Serbian coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic.

"All we need to do is implement what we have been doing at training. Collecting maximum points is all we need on Saturday," he continued. 

Pirates have the edge over Chiefs heading into this weekend's clash as they beat their rivals 3-1 in their last meeting between the two teams in March 2018.

The Buccaneers are also undefeated in their last seven matches in all competitions, while Amakhosi have recorded a win (on penalties) in the Telkom Knockout and a defeat in their last two games.

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"For us, it is better to focus on ourselves. I don't know if Kaizer Chiefs are the underdogs or not," he stressed.

"We have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes. They guys are motivated ahead of the match," Jele concluded.