Orlando Pirates will be out to redeem themselves when they square off against Ajax Cape Town in the Absa Premiership match on Tuesday night at the Athlone Stadium, kickoff at 19:30 CAT.
The Buccaneers will go to this encounter on a back of two consecutive defeats after going down to Mamelodi Sundowns before being upset by Premiership rookies Polokwane City last Saturday. The Johannesburg-side are 7th on the log with 23 points from 14 matches, and their interim coach Eric Tinkler says they will keep on trying until they get things right.
“We have to keep on working and try our best to put away the chances we create,” the interim coach, who will be replaced by Serbian born mentor Vladimir Vermezovic soon, told the club official website on Monday.
“We could have avoided a loss against Polokwane City had our players converted the chances we created. It was a tough match but I think we could have gotten a results. Losing the match in the manner we did is a bit sad, but we have keep playing and try to win the next match.
The Ghost know very well that a trip to Cape Town is always tough and they face a daunting task again as the record is against them. The last time Orlando Pirates came away with a win from the Mother City was back in 2009.
“Going to Ajax will be a tough task, and the team does not have a great record away to them, but in football history counts for very little,” Tinkler continued.
The caretaker coach has a full squad to choose from except his three defenders Patrick Phungwayo, Rooi Mahamutsa, and Siyabonga Sangweni who are yet to be fully fit but not far from getting back to action. The good news is that number one goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa is back for selection after missing their last encounter due to an injury.
The 43-year old mentor concluded, “We will change our approach against Ajax Cape Town and I am confident we will get a something out of that match.