Pirates, Swallows open Absa curtains
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG – FORMER premiership champions, Orlando Pirates open the 2014/2015 ABSA premiership season with a tricky derby encounter against Moroka Swallows at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.
The match promises fireworks as both teams have capable players.
Bubbling from their recent victory over Kaizer Chiefs in yet another derby cup final of the Carling Black Label, Pirates are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for 2014/2015 premiership title as they seek to reclaim the championship from Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Buccaneers, who dismantled Pretoria rivals SuperSport United 2-1 during the MTN8 qurterfinal tie will again depend on the scoring prowess of Daine Klate and Kermit Erasmus to power their side to victory when they take on Swallows on Saturday night.
But Pirates are urged not to underestimate The Dube Birds since the Soweto giant had signed quite a number of capable individual players such as Vladimir Mandic and former Chiefs midfielder Lucky Baloi, who will partner captain Lefa Tsutsulupa in the midfield.
Upfront Swallows boast strikers such as Dikgang Mabalani, Vuyiseli Wana, Felix Obada, Tswarelo Bereng and veteran Siyabonga Nomvete to derail Pirates’ ambition of starting the new season with a win.
As usual, in defence, Moroka Swallows will use their long time serving goalminder Greg Etafia with tough defenders of Boris Savic, a former Red Star Belgrade player, sietsi Mahoa, Larry Cohen, Ashraf Hendricks, Rudi Isaacs, Luvengu Mungomeni and Shere Lekgotoane.
Saturday’s encounter promises a thriller.
– CAJ News
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