Get your act to­gether, Bucs

Sunday World - - World Of Sport - LOUIS MAZ­IBUKO

UN­DER nor­mal cir­cum­stances the ex­pen­sively as­sem­bled Or­lando Pi­rates would have been odds-on favourites to thrash Mar­itzburg United when the two sides meet in their Absa Pre­mier­ship clash at Or­lando Sta­dium this af­ter­noon.

But af­ter con­ced­ing six goals in two games, Bucs are sud­denly not the safest of bets against the com­pa­ra­bly un­fash­ion­able coastal side.

The black and white clad team are one of the few teams in the PSL who play en­ter­tain­ing at­tack­ing foot­ball.

Un­for­tu­nately, their de­fend­ers have be­come en­ter­tain­ing in a dif­fer­ent, tragi-comic way. They seem to be rolling out the red car­pet for in­com­ing balls these days. If they don t

’ get their acts to­gether, Bucs coach Julio Leal will al­ways be un­der pres­sure to get good re­sults from the en­sem­ble, which boasts eye-catch­ing in­di­vid­u­als such as Than­dani Nt­shu­mayelo, Benni Mccarthy, Luis Boa Morte, Isaac Chansa, Andile Jali and the rapidly ris­ing Tukelo Rantie.

The Mar­itzburg side put up a de­cent per­for­mance against Ajax Cape Town last week, only to lose con­cen­tra­tion to­wards the last stages of the game and lose 2-0. They ll have to keep it to­gether

’ when they play Bucs, who will en­joy the sup­port of their home fans.

The axe is hov­er­ing above Plat­inum Stars coach, Owen Da Gama who is ex­pected to beat Bloem­fontein Celtic in their game at the Bot­sha­belo Sta­dium this af­ter­noon.

Picture by Gallo Images

OOH, WICKED! Lehlo­honolo Ma­joro takes the cake with his undie flash­ing ex­er­cise af­ter scor­ing against Moroka Swal­lows.

Picture by Lee War­ren Gallo Images

TOP JOB : Andile Jali’s ef­forts will be wasted if the de­fence doesn’t pull fin­ger.

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