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'Orlando Pirates will taste the heat against Mamelodi Sundowns' - Reactions ahead of MTN8 clash

11:40 GMT+3 19/10/2022
Kermit Erasmus Orlando Pirates
The Bucaneers warmed up for their clash against Masandawana with a top-flight victory at Princess Magogo Stadium

Orlando Pirates have been warned Mamelodi Sundowns are not in the same level as Lamontville Golden Arrows after defeating the latter 2-0 in a Premier Soccer League fixture on Tuesday.

A double from Monnapule Saleng in the sixth and 24th minutes propelled the Buccaneers to their fifth league victory of the season at Princess Magogo Stadium.

The win was a boost for Pirates as they prepare to face their rivals Masandawana in the MTN8 semi-final return leg clash at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.

The two giants had battled to a 2-2 draw in the first leg meeting. Despite the win against Abafana Bes'thende, Pirates have been cautioned they will feel the heat against the Brazilians.

Meanwhile, another set of fans are confident Pirates will get the better of their rivals and qualify for the final of the domestic competition.

  • Monnapule Seleng of Orlando Pirates challenged by Divine Lunga and Sbonelo Cele of Golden Arrows, October 2022

    Pirates will taste the heat

    Mamelodi Sundowns is not like Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates will taste the heat come Saturday. - Rajah Gilbert

  • Kermit Erasmus, Orlando Pirates & Grant Kekana, Mamelodi Sundowns, October 2022

    Pirates ready for Sundowns

    This is the kind of football we should play and convert created opportunities. Well done Bucaneers☠️⚽️⚽️🥅 come Saturday we are ready for Mamelodi Sundowns. - Ncedo Martin Mshushwana

    The only thing that is keeping Mamelodi Sundown in the MTN is PSL mid-week games. - Sol Malete

    Sundowns should just give Pirates walk over to save themselves from being embarrassed. - Tshiamo T-mass Segoe

    The PSG of South Africa: Pirates Saint Gauteng, on Saturday we are playing against Sundowns, we gonna knock them out. 💪😎🤞 - Ernest Van De Light

  • Jose Riveiro, Orlando Pirates

    Riveiro earns praise

    Credit to the coach for using one defensive six [Tim] and the effect of Dlamini as he was playing more of those forward passes... thanks to Kermit for being a team player, he made things easy for Seleng.

    Dankie Mpontshane for those late 2saves; you really saved the Bucs from being the laughing stock in that referees additional time. - Masixole Hlahla Voko

    For the first time the coach made all the correct substitutions oo “like for like” now it’s a matter of converting all our chance and perfecting that final ball in the box. - Amandla Stemele

  • Kabelo Dlamini, Orlando Pirates, March 2022

    Good team can punish Pirates

    I am happy for the win but a good team will punish Pirates, you can't play Dlamini and Miguel [Timm] in the middle. Again Timm was alone there as defensive midfield Dlamini is lazy better play Timm and Ndlondlo.

    Ndlondlo can defend unlike Dlamini anyway well done to the guys. I also like Erasmus he does not force matters and wants to be a hero he is team player. - Thembelani Mdlaka

  • Thembinkosi Lorch, Orlando Pirates, August 2022

    Lorch to replace Hotto

    Good line-up and credit to Dlamini with those forward passes... we just need Lorch to replace Hotto for our Saturday game against Sundowns. - Kele Waha Mokoena

  • Zakhele Lepasa, Orlando Pirates, September 2022

    Inconsistency worrying

    I am very happy with three points but inconsistency makes me be afraid heading to MTN8 second leg semi-final on Saturday. Another thing, I don't know how to instill this to the technical team and players to treat each and every game as big and serious games.

    We shouldn't be on number four if we treated all games the same way. Hailing the defense also, and also wish the chop and changing of the winning team to be minimized unless otherwise and also wish the attacking department to keep the today's rhythm converting chances. - MisuMhlongo Mhlongo

  • Keagan Buchanan, AmaZulu FC & Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Pirates had mercy on Arrows

    We won but I'm not happy with 2-0, we suppose to win by 6-0. Other teams aren't wasting their clear chances if they play against us. Boys had a great mercy on Arrows. They supposed to show us that we're hungry for win by converting those clear chances to win. - Masina Matsebula Mkholo

  • Kermit Erasmus Orlando Pirates

    Erasmus makes it look simple

    Good performance, we take the three points and now focus on the MTN8. Erasmus makes this football thing look so simple. He makes a run, turn and pass. Simple. - Ramasedi Rami

  • Monnapule Saleng, Orlando Pirates, October 2022

    Saleng was on fire

    Solid performance from the boys showed more hunger and we put our chances away am really liking Saleng in that ten position he is going to make things happen for us in terms of goal scoring opportunities, Erasmus was amazing tonight to watch... what a performance massive three points for the team. - Uaatjo Kasetura Hango

    Nice game Ndlondlo, Saleng, Tim, Erasmus were on fire. And then our defense is unbreakable Maela, Sibisi and Ndah what a wow not forgetting Monyane I wish you keep this kind of attitude we love it #once and always. - NkuluFree Mkhize Sibusiso