Steve Lekoelela: Lethal Orlando Pirates will be too good for Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday

Steve Lekoelea and Marcos Mthembu - Chiefs vs Pirates
The 39-year-old strongly believes that Bucs will leapfrog Sundowns into second place with a win over Amakhosi

Ex-Orlando Pirates midfielder Steve Lekoelea is confident that his former club will beat Kaizer Chiefs in an eagerly-anticipated Soweto Derby on Saturday afternoon.

“I think it’s not going to be an easy game once again. Chiefs will not want to lose in the Soweto Derby for the third time this season and they have made changes in their technical team and squad,” Lekoelea told Goal.

The Buccaneers are heading into this game having defeated Amakhosi twice this season and they will be eyeing their third victory over their rivals.

“On the other hand, Pirates will want to win for the third time and I am confident that they will win this one. I know some of their (Chiefs) fans are saying that they have a new coach and it is 2019 now, but that will not count in my view,” he said.

“The coach is still trying to find combinations because he came in in the last few months, but Pirates are on fire we all know that,” he responded.

“I watched some of their (Chiefs) games, they have quality players that is a fact, but they are not so powerful compared to Pirates,” continued Lekoelea.

“The likes of (Justin) Shonga, (Augustine) Mulenga and (Vincent) Pule are too hot to handle in the league this season and we know Chiefs are struggling without (Itumeleng) Khune,” he said.

“I think Pirates have an upper hand on this one because their bench is also strong. Those who are introduced are capable of adding more firepower to ensure that the team wins,” he added.

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Pirates are now placed third on the league standings - two points behind Mamelodi Sundowns, who beat Black Leopards in midweek.

“They know that they have to beat Chiefs in order move up on the log table. Sundowns’ win on Wednesday has motivated Pirates,” said the former Bafana Bafana player.

“They will close the gap at the top because they want to be in a good position before they travel to Tunisia for the Caf Champions League match (against Esperance de Tunis),” he concluded.