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Ncikazi: Three Are Points Non -Negotiable Against Galaxy

  • May 18, 2024
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Ncikazi: Three Are Points Non -Negotiable Against Galaxy

As the Premier Soccer League season reaches its climax, Orlando Pirates are laser-focused on securing a coveted CAF Champions League spot.

Currently sitting third in the league table with 49 points, they are just a single point behind second-placed Stellenbosch FC.

This Saturday’s pivotal match against TS Galaxy at Mbombela Stadium (15:00 PM) holds immense significance for their Champions League aspirations. Assistant coach Mandla Ncikazi emphasized the importance of this encounter, stating that the team’s fate rests in their own hands.

“It’s on our players whether they fulfil the objective and execute the game plan,” said Ncikazi.

“We have prepared well; we know what to expect from TS Galaxy.  But three points is what is required on Saturday irrespective of what happens.”  

The Buccaneers face a highly motivated Galaxy side currently positioned fifth in the standings. Sead Ramovic’s men face their own fight to maintain their top-eight position, with threats looming from SuperSport United, Cape Town City, and Kaizer Chiefs – all within striking distance if they win their remaining matches. This adds another layer of intrigue, as Galaxy will undoubtedly be eager to solidify their place in the top half.

Ncikazi acknowledged their opponent’s capabilities but expressed unwavering confidence in his team’s ability to triumph.

“TS Galaxy chooses matches and I’m sure against us, their strategy and approach will be slightly different,” said former Golden Arrows coach. 

“They are very competitive, comfortable, and technical with the ball. But I believe we can overcome their strategy. At our best, it’s a game that we should win.” 

The Soweto giants enter this fixture with a point to prove, having suffered a surprising 1-0 defeat to relegation-threatened Richards Bay, abruptly ending their impressive seven-game unbeaten run. This setback has amplified the pressure for their remaining clashes against Galaxy and SuperSport United.

The Buccaneers’ Champions League ambitions are further intertwined with the outcome of Stellenbosch FC’s match against league champions Mamelodi Sundowns. Ideally, they would hope for a Sundowns victory to leapfrog Stellenbosch into the coveted second position.

Saturday’s encounter at Mbombela Stadium promises to be a captivating clash. The Pirates are acutely aware that their Champions League dreams are within reach, but only a victory will suffice. The pressure is on, and the fate rests firmly on their shoulders.

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