Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi admits his team face an uphill battle against Mamelodi Sundowns on Friday night, but believes the Brazilians are not invincible.
Pirates will travel to Loftus on Friday to take on the log leaders and defending champions in a match which could be seen as a litmus test for the Sea Robbers.
Pirates have struggled for consistency but a morale-boosting win over the unbeaten Downs could be just the type of result that kickstarts their season.
Speaking in the buildup to the clash, the Pirates coach admitted that they will face a tough task but backed his team to beat Downs.
☠️ 🚨 𝗡𝗘𝗫𝗧 𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗖𝗛 🚨
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“It will be an uphill battle,” Ncikazi said.
“You can imagine how tough it is playing a derby, then immediately after the log leaders, Sundowns, who are doing very well.
“But Pirates must rise, Sundowns are doing well but I don’t think they are invincible or immortal – it’s very possible to beat them.
“You just have to bring your best game to beat such a good side.”
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