Orlando Pirates want to win at least one major trophy this season, says Mpho Makola

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The Buccaneers will look to bounce back to winning ways when they face Polokwane City in a league game at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday

Orlando Pirates midfielder Mphoe Makola says the team is targeting at least one major trophy this season.

The Soweto giants endured a disappointing 2016/17 season - finishing the campaign trophyless and outside the PSL top eight for the first time in the history of the competition.

Pirates began the current campaign very well - winning three PSL games and drawing two, before losing 1-0 to the defending champions Bidvest Wits in Braamfontein last weekend.

 “The loss to Wits was not a train smash. We have to pick ourselves up and move on," Makola told the media.

"We have learnt from our mistakes and will take those lesson into our next match against Polokwane City on Saturday," he continued.

The former Free State Stars playmaker praised Pirates coach Milutin Sredpjevic, who was appointed prior to the current campaign

“The biggest difference between last season and now is that our mindset has changed, the confidence is back. But we need to be consistent," Makola stressed.

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“The new coach has instilled some conviction and self-belief. That was where we struggled last season," he said.

“Our plan is to win at least one trophy this season. It’s possible, we have a good chance of getting it. The spirit is back as and the players are happy and excited about the season ahead," Makola added.

“We played Baroka at the same venue and know what to expect. We’ll be ready and will correct the mistakes we made against Wits," he concluded.