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Thabo Mngomeni: Orlando Pirates must get the three points against SuperSport United

7:54 PM GMT+8 18/02/2019
Thabo Mngomeni
The former Pirates skipper has urged the Buccaneers to fight for the three points against Matsatsantsa

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Thabo Mngomeni anticipates a tough encounter on Wednesday night as the Soweto giants meet SuperSport United in the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The dreadlocked legend has also expressed concerns over his former club’s failure to collect maximum points in their previous two PSL outings against Baroka FC and Kaizer Chiefs as Pirates are currently on a five-game winless streak.

“I think the Buccaneers must not focus on what happened in their last two league games. I know they are under pressure to get maximum points and remain at the top, but they have a chance on Wednesday,” Mngomeni told Goal.

“They just have to handle the pressure and that is where the technical team comes in to help manage the nerves because it is very important they go out and beat SuperSport,” he said.

“This will not be an easy match, we all know SuperSport are one of the toughest opponents in the league and they are starting to get back to their old form,” he warned.

Looking at the league table, coach Milutin Sredojevic’s men sit third with 33 points from 19 matches whilst Kaitano Tembo’s troops have 29 points sitting at number six on the log.

A win for the Tshwane giants will take them to 32 points and a victory for the Ghost will elevate them to second with 36 points, provided that second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns lose to Polokwane City on Tuesday.

“SuperSport won their last match and their mission is to go up on the log table, but we have good players at Pirates,” continued he former Mthatha Bucks star.

“I believe there is depth and quality for them to bounce back after their two draws against Chiefs and Baroka. They cannot afford to drop points now,” he said.

“They were fortunate that Bidvest (Wits) lost to Highlands Park last week, but they must not focus on who is ahead or behind them – they must rather look at winning their games,” he stated.

“It is interesting because Sundowns are also pushing in the league. If Pirates fail to win this match, then things will definitely become very difficult for them,” said the Cape Town-based legend.

On the other hand, the former Bafana Bafana skipper is confident the coaching staff has worked on the players to have a positive mindset following their 2-0 loss in the Caf Champions League against Esperance.

“It was not an easy defeat to accept in Tunisia because I expected Pirates to come back with a point, but football is unpredictable,” reflected the 49-year-old.

“I think the mindset for the players is now tested, their character must come to the fore on Wednesday because they must remain at the top to challenge for the league and winning games is very important at this stage,” he concluded.