Dumisa Ngobe: Orlando Pirates must not look at past results ahead of SuperSport United rematch

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The ex-Buccaneers midfielder has urged the Soweto giants to challenge for the 2018/19 PSL title after finishing second last season

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Dumisa Ngobe has urged the Buccaneers to forget their MTN8 loss to SuperSport United and look forward to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash.

Ngobe has urged the team to believe in themselves and forget about the previous meeting between the two sides, saying that the match on Saturday night at Orlando Stadium is a new contest.

“I think they must not look at past results against SuperSport and take it as a new ball game even though some of the players will recall the loss in the MTN8 Cup,” Ngobe told Goal.

“The experienced players must lead the team to ensure they are positive and focus on winning this one,” he urged.

“Yes, SuperSport has been a tough nut to crack for Pirates in recent times, but they can bag a win. I know if SuperSport scores first they might panic, but they must remain calm and focus on their game because football is about the next game not the past,” he said.

“This is the league and I know it will not be easy to beat the same team twice in a row and they must just be motivated,” said the 45-year-old.

Speaking about the Soweto giants' slow start so far, Ngobe said he remains confused as to why the club decided to make wholesale changes in the squad.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic's men have won two out of their five league matches so far, having lost twice and drew once, but the former Bafana Bafana midfielder reckons buying new players has destabilised last season's squad.

“Yeah, somehow there are some of the things I didn't understand in the team because they did well last season and I thought they would just bolster where they lacked,” he declared.

“I think they destroyed the team because they are more like starting on a new note now which can take time for the new players to gel,” noted the Witbank-born legend.

“I failed to understand why did they decide buy new players and it looks like they want all the new players in the in the starting eleven – that will put them on a back foot,” he reacted.

“Those are the mistakes they must pick up and rectify quickly. I also think they must ensure they finish first this season. The coach said so last season, and this is the season to lift the PSL title,” he encouraged.

The ex-Mpumalanga Black Aces midfielder has also appealed the supporters to rally behind the team instead of singling out players and booing them.

“I will be honest with you, this is not the first time this is happening in the team. I recall in our era Jerry (Sikhosana) was a target, but he managed to shut the 'boo boys' by scoring goals,” he continued.

“It is unfortunate for Thamsanqa (Gabuza) because he is not scoring at the moment and that will eventually affect the whole team,” added the retired midfielder.

“The players will be scared to play because if they commit a single error they will be attacked by the supporters instead of uplifting the players,” he responded.

“I am sure Gabuza will regain his confidence and he will find the back of the net once again. I appeal to them to be patient and stop targeting the players,” concluded Ngobe.

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