Jele: Orlando Pirates seeking redemption at up-beat Sundowns

The longest serving player in the current Bucs team, Jele, says they have been working hard to rectify their defensive errors and finishing

Orlando Pirates vice-captain Happy Jele is optimistic that they can end their winless run against an in-form Mamelodi Sundowns side on Saturday afternoon.

The two giants are scheduled to lock horns in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) encounter at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in the nation's capital, Tshwane.

"We are currently going through a rough patch, but I strongly believe that soon we will be back at our best," Jele told Vodacom Soccer.

Bucs head into this titanic game having drawn 0-0 with Platinum Stars away in their previous league game on Wednesday.

Sundowns beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 away on the same day - to extend their winning run in the league to three games.

"Well, against Platinum Stars we didn't create many scoring chances, but at least we managed to come out with a single point," he said.

"We have been working hard to rectify our defensive errors and our finishing since resuming our training after mid-term break," the 30-year-old stressed.

"Having gone six matches without a win is becoming a concern for a team of Pirates' caliber, but I'm optimistic that it's just a matter of time we return to our winning ways," Jele continued.

"We are looking forward for Sundowns' clash, and there's no doubt it's going to be a tough game with both teams gunning for a much needed victory," he added.

"But we need a morale-boosting win in a game of this magnitude to redeem ourselves," Jele concluded.

Tenth-placed Bucs will move back into the top eight on the league log with a win over fifth-placed Sundowns, who are keen to keep up with the PSL pacesetters with a victory.