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Micho not saying much ahead of Sundowns clash

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The last time Loftus hosted Sundowns and Pirates, the Bucs won 3-1, as they avenged their 6-0 hammering from the previous campaign

HAPPY DAYS: Orlando Pirates Thembinkosi Lorch (foreground) pounced on poor defending by their opponents for an easy poke to an empty net, as they advanced to the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout with a 3-1 win over AmaZulu in extra-time.

Orlando Pirates might be high on confidence after bagging all the spoils against Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night; however, coach Milutin Sredojevic refused to get carried away ahead of their next encounter.

Pirates’ next assignment will be away to Absa Premiership title holders Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday (3:30pm). Although both have had unconvincing starts to the campaign, the Soweto giants have made the most of their recent chances as they sit at the summit of the log with 22 points after 12 matches. Sundowns are sixth with 14 and trail the pacesetters by four games.

“First of all, we are far from being a well-oiled machine,” Sredojevic said after their 2-1 victory over Rise and Shine. “We have a huge space for improvement and development. (As a result) we shall not comment anything about anyone in front (Sundowns). We shall now collect the situation of injuries and focus on the things in the team because we had two tough away matches. After that we’ll then think ahead of us.”

The last time Loftus hosted Sundowns and Pirates, the Bucs won 3-1, as they avenged their 6-0 hammering from the previous campaign. Goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane was nominated as the best man on the day as he kept Sundowns’ attack at bay.

However, Siyabonga Mpontshane has been the entrusted shot-stopper for main events this season. Mpontshane started ahead of Mabokgwane in their 2-1 win in the derby – two weeks back – while the latter had made two successive appearances prior to that clash.

“In the game, we have one goalkeeper physically but four spiritually,” Sredojevic said on the notion that Mpontshane might return between the sticks against Sundowns as Mabokgwane started on Tuesday. “It’s a pride that we are feeling at Orlando Pirates that four goalkeepers are like brothers, together with their coach Andrew Sparkes. We are really happy to have them around.”