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Innocent Maela: Why Orlando Pirates will win a major trophy this season

7:56 AM EDT 10/9/18
Innocent Maela, Orlando Pirates, October 2018
The Bucs academy product is keen to play in Africa's most prestigious club competition

Orlando Pirates defender Innocent Maela believes that they will definitely win a major piece of silverware this season.

The Soweto giants are currently on a four-year trophy drought with their last major trophy coming in the form of the Nedbank Cup in 201.

Maela, who has no winner’s medal in top-flight football, is confident that the Buccaneers can finally deliver this time around.

“It is important for us to go out there and try and win trophies as a big team. As a player, I haven’t really won anything," Maela said on IOL

“I’m working hard with my teammates to make sure that we make our supporters happy and make them proud by winning a trophy, bearing in mind that a lot of us haven’t won anything,” he explained.

Maela was one of Thanda Royal Zulu's key players as the club won the 2016/17 National First Division (NFD) title while on loan from Pirates. 

The Buccaneers are hoping to win their maiden Premier Soccer League (PSL) title since 2012 under Serbian coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic.

“If I look at the team that we have, I believe that we stand a good chance of winning silverware soon. Winning the league will make me happy. Yes, I believe it is possible. It is more than possible," he added.

Maela, who is a South Africa international, is also keen to help Bucs do well in the upcoming 2018/19 Caf Champions League which will start at the end of November 2018.

“The experience of being in the national team setup will come in handy when we are going to Africa. It will be good for us as players to be exposed to those kinds of games. It will help us as players to grow,” Maela explained.

The 26-year-old player is part of the Bafana team that will face Seychelles in back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers, starting on Saturday at the FNB Stadium.

“It has been tough for us as the national team. We know what we are doing. We believe in the coach. We believe in the team. We just have to keeping work hard,” he said.

“There’s no pressure on us as players. When you’re representing your country, there’s always big expectations. We want to win both games," he concluded.