JOHANNESBURG: Orlando Pirates forward Luvuyo Memela says he is confident that the Buccaneers have what it takes to get past Cape Town City and into the Nedbank Cup’s last 8 ahead of their encounter on Wednesday night.
The match is the last of the competition’s last 6 rounds where the winner is awaited by 7 teams that have already booked their pot ball in the quarter-final draw to be conducted on Thursday.
Memela has stressed the importance of winning against the Citizens as they plan to win every game they play. But insists that his team is not thinking about the championship as yet, something the Pirates players and their Coach Milutin Sredejovic have been doing lately to ease the pressure of success.
“It’s very important for us to win because we want to win every game we play. We haven’t won any silverware in a while and people are talking about our form and already making us out to be the cup winners, but our thinking is not at that advanced stage yet. We are not thinking of the championship yet because we have a difficult task ahead of us with the Cape Town City clash on Wednesday,” Memela said.
“It’s not going to be easy playing against Cape town City away, they are a good side playing good football and with a very clever coach in Benni McCarthy. They play attacking football and we expect them to come hard at us from start to finish.
That being said, we also have a very good technical team in coach Micho and coach Rhulani. We’ve had the whole week to study them carefully and come up with a plan of how to deal with City on the day,” explained Memela on the club’s website.
Memela will be making a return to his home land as he hails from the Cape and is very excited to be playing in front of his family and his local fans and says he hopes that he can make them all proud with his performance on the night.
“I’m very happy that I’ll be playing at home, it’s not every day that you are watched by your family live at the stadium. I am very excited to play in front of my mother and I want to make her and my family proud but I also understand that I can’t afford to get carried away because my job and primary responsibility on match day is to my coaches’ instructions and to the benefit of the team,” he added.
The Buccaneers will lock horns with City at the Cape Town Stadium tonight, kick off at 20h30.