Bryce Moon: Orlando Pirates will have an edge over Mamelodi Sundowns

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The former Brazilians defender has shared his views on the upcoming PSL match between Bucs and Masandawana

Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Bryce Moon says Orlando Pirates will have an added advantage to win the Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at the Orlando Stadium on Monday.

Moon says the fact that the Buccaneers have former Sundowns assistant coach Rhulani Mokwena on their bench is a massive plus for the hosts.

“It’s going to be an exciting match because both teams are fighting for the league title. Everybody is excited, but I believe Pirates have an upper hand on this one,” Moon told Goal.

“I think with Pirates having Rhulani is an added advantage. He knows most of the players at Sundowns and he is a good coach, you can see the brand of football Pirates play and I am sure he will have a big influence on Monday,” he noted.

“Rhulani knows every single player at Sundowns, their strengths, and weaknesses. Remember he used to work with all the players to help guide and boost their morale,” reflected the Maritzburg-based legend.

“On top of that, he knows the coaches at Sundowns, Pitso (Mosimane) and the guys in the back room staff. But I can also say Pitso knows him very well,” he added.

Sundowns are placed at the top of the league standings - three points above second-placed Pirates.

“These two guys used to work together to plan for the games, in analysing the opponent and that will be interesting to see on Monday,” he continued.

“It is difficult to say which team will win it because they both looking to win or at least have a point to remain in the race,” he responded.

“I know Pitso is also a good coach and he will want to go to Orlando (Stadium) and leave them angry, but Pirates have a quality bench,” said the former Panathinaikos defender.

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“You know a game like this cannot be decided on what happens on the touchline, but by what the players give on the pitch,” he noted.

“I think any team that shows hunger could walk away with a win and I am not saying this because I am behind Pirates to win it, but they have an advantage at home in front of their fans,” concluded the 32-year-old.