Thabo Mngomeni: Andile Jali and Oupa Manyisa won't make the difference against Orlando Pirates

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The retired Bafana Bafana star has backed the Ghost to walk away with three points on Saturday against Masandawana

Orlando Pirates legend Thabo Mngomeni says the Buccaneers should look to extend their winning run when they meet Mamelodi Sundowns in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday.

The former Bafana Bafana player stated the fact that former Bucs players, Oupa Manyisa and Andile Jali are with the Chloorkop-based outfit will not have an effect on the day.

“Yeah, I think it the game will produce goals and the supporters must have a good time. I would like to see Pirates winning the match, but Sundowns will also want secure a win at home,” Mngomeni told Goal.

“I hope Pirates won't be big-headed because they have been winning and I can say that they have an upper hand. Confidence is there and they must fight to remain consistent and they are motivated,” he added.

The Cape Town-based legend said the 2-1 win over Polokwane City on Tuesday in the league has uplifted his former team heading to one of the biggest games in the PSL calendar.

“Both teams have recorded wins during the week and they are both confident in a way and that is why I expect a great game with goals,” he reflected.

“I think the supporters will agree that a game of small margins will not be enough between the two teams,” he continued.

“On the other hand, football is a show just like a music concert. There must be entertainment for the fans, we are losing our identity as South Africans, that is why you see people supporting the likes of Neymar. We must showcase our flair and skills on the day,” urged the former midfielder.

The former Mthatha Bush Bucks player has downplayed the role of the presence of Jali and Manyisa at Sundowns.

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“I think the likes of Jali and Manyisa cannot help because that game is not about individuals. Yes, they know Pirates, but the mentality on the day will also count because Manyisa is not playing and Jali is still trying to settle down at Sundowns,” he responded.

“Pirates won the last match in Pretoria and I urge the supporters to go there and support football because they are the ones, who make the game so big and loved – I wish all the best to Buccaneers,” he concluded.

The clash will get underway at 15h30 on Saturday afternoon in Pretoria.

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