Time to end the drought – Shi­tolo

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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.”

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