Following a forgetful 2016/2017 Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign, Orlando Pirates have one final shot at redemption in the Nedbank Cup final.
The Buccaneers are set to lock horns with a SuperSport United side determined to give outgoing coach Stuart Baxter something to smile about.
Going into the crunch encounter at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the Buccaneers might fancy their chances considering that Durban has previously been a happy hunting ground for them.
However, Pirates captain Oupa Manyisa has warned against complacency and has explained that their success in the Cup was down to the fact that progression was within their control.
“Everything was in our hands in the Nedbank Cup‚” Manyisa told the media.
“We knew that each win brought us a step closer to the final‚ unlike in the league where not everything was in our control. Here we are today‚ going to Durban to play in the final. That place loves us (because the last time Bucs won a trophy in 2014 was in Durban‚ in the Nedbank Cup) but we can’t rely on the past. We have to go there and fight for this trophy,” Manyisa emphasized.
Meanwhile, the 28-year-old playmaker has experienced a torrid time leading the team, and he has admitted it has been challenging for him as a captain, but he's glad there are many senior players he considers leaders in the team.
“Being the captain has been challenging, but at the same time I am grateful that I am not the only senior player here‚” Manyisa said.
“We’ve got guys like Happy Jele‚ Thabo Matlaba and Mpho Makola to name just a few. We have been helping each other throughout the season even though things didn’t go our way. Putting on the armband doesn’t bring much pressure because there are many leaders in the team and we fight as a collective,” Manyisa added.
“It just means that I am the one who speaks to the referee even though I am not the one who is always speaking there because the only thing that I love doing is playing football [and] not talking,” Manyisa concluded.