Bucs not fo­cused on hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT - Mn­i­nawa Nt­loko

MEM­O­RIES of Or­lando Pi­rates’ 6-0 hu­mil­i­a­tion by Mamelodi Sun­downs at the be­gin­ning of the year are still fresh.

But Bucs cap­tain Thabo Mat­laba is adamant re­venge will be the fur­thest thing from their minds when the two sides meet in an ea­gerly awaited league show­down at the Or­lando Sta­dium to­mor­row night.

Sun­downs ef­fort­lessly wiped the floor with Pi­rates in a game that was marred by vi­o­lent dis­rup­tions at the Lof­tus Sta­dium.

Mat­laba said they would not ob­sess about the em­bar­rass­ing de­feat in Fe­bru­ary and at­tempt to in­flict sim­i­lar pun­ish­ment on Sun­ing downs‚ who are in the midst of a slump and have lost their last three games in a row.

“No‚ we are not look­ing for re­venge and we are just fo­cus­ing on the match‚” he said.

“We are [ap­proach­ing] this match in the same way as we would any other match.

“We know that we lost against them [in Fe­bru­ary]‚ so we need to go there and play our nor­mal football and win the match. That’s it.”

Then Pi­rates coach Augusto Pala­cios presided over the 6-0 hid- by Sun­downs and did not re­turn to the bench to re­sume his du­ties af­ter vi­o­lence dis­rupted the game in the sec­ond half.

He also did not turn up at the post­match me­dia con­fer­ence.

The Peru­vian-born coach made a bee­line for the tun­nel af­ter trou­ble broke out and van­ished.

Pi­rates coach Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vic‚ who joined the club in Au­gust‚ ac­knowl­edged that the two clubs knew each other well and fans could brace them­selves for a pul­sat­ing night of football.

“It is very sim­ple: They know ev­ery­thing about us. We know ev­ery­thing about them.

“A small de­tail can de­cide the out­come of the game.

“Every match of this mag­ni­tude is usu­ally de­cided by a small de­tail. There is a thin line between win­ning and los­ing,” Sre­do­je­vic said.

“They lost their last three matches and what­ever‚ but those last three matches will not be play­ing the game on Wed­nes­day.

“The 6-0 de­feat will not play on Wed­nes­day. Us do­ing so much on the field will play on Wed­nes­day.

“You know I am a per­son who re­ally loves big matches and this one is a match I am look­ing for­ward to see what will hap­pen.”

‘ We need to play our nor­mal football and win the match

THABO MAT­LABA

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