Clash of the giants

Form men Sirino, Pule carry teams

Sowetan - - Front Page - By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Mamelodi Sun­downs and Or­lando Pi­rates have po­ten­tial match win­ners as the two giants clash at Lof­tus Sta­dium to­mor­row (3.30pm).

You are look­ing at two teams that have a lot of qual­ity at their dis­posal and that has been re­flected in their pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters that have pro­duced a lot of goals.

When the two sides last met in Jan­uary, the Buc­ca­neers were the happy of the two sides as they won 3-1 in what was a thrilling en­counter.

The man who did the dam­age on that oc­ca­sion was Bucs winger Lu­vuyo Memela, who was in in­spired form along­side the likes of Mpho Makola and Justin Shonga, who were all on the score-sheet.

In Sun­downs’ cor­ner Percy Tau replied with a goal, but the stand-out per­form­ers will not fea­ture this time around.

Tau is play­ing for St Gil­loise in Bel­gium’s sec­ond divi­sion and Memela has not fea­tured much for the Buc­ca­neers – he’s made one ap­pear­ance this sea­son be­cause of an in­jury.

Sun­downs, the hosts, can call on mid­field dy­namo, Gas­ton Sirino. The Uruguayan was back among the goals in mid­week when his brace in­spired the Brazil­ians to a 3-1 vic­tory over Free State Stars at Lof­tus. The 27-year-old has four goals and two as­sists in 11 matches for coach Pitso Mosi­mane’s charges.

Pi­rates, how­ever, have a player as equally talented as Sirino in the form of Vin­cent Pule. Prov­ing he can han­dle a big oc­ca­sion, Pule was in­stru­men­tal in Pi­rates’s 2-1 win over ri­vals Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto Derby last month with his goal be­ing the win­ner on the day.

/ VELI NHLAPO

Sun­downs count on Uruguayan Gas­ton Sirino.

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Vin­cent Pule can win it for Bucs.

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