Time to end the drought – Shitolo
Orlando Pirates centre-back Gladwin Shitolo says Saturday’s much-anticipated Telkom Knockout final against Baroka FC is their chance to break their three-year trophy drought.
Pirates play Bakgaga at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (6pm).
The Buccaneers have not won a trophy since May 2014 and plan to end that bad spell in the match on Saturday.
“We are looking forward to winning on Saturday,” Shitolo said.
“We have been working hard for it and I think it’s time we get it because we have been fighting for the last three years to win something, so this is our chance.
“The mood in the camp is good. We are confident.
“Looking at our previous matches, we have been working well and you know when you are working well that is when you gain confidence.”
The Giyani player, who has made only three Premiership appearances for Pirates this season, is aware their game against the young Baroka team will not be a walk in the park.
“I think it’s going to be a tough game, looking at Baroka. They have been in a good form, and so have we.
“I think it is going to be a tough one – to even predict the score is going to be difficult.”
The former Golden Arrows player said being the more experienced side would be to his team’s advantage.
“I think we have more advantage because we have the experience [of playing] in cup finals. For Baroka it will be their first cup final.
“The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium favours us, as well. It’s a good pitch for the kind of football we play.
“So, I think we have another advantage with the pitch.”