Orlando Pirates will be aiming to get their Premiership run back on track when they travel to face bottom-half placed Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, kickoff at 15:30 CAT.
The Buccaneers were beaten by their title rivals Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 at home last Saturday, and that loss caused them to stay further behind the pacesetters Kaizer Chiefs even thought they have five games in hand.
They had a chance to redeem themselves when they travelled to Free State Stars to lock horns with struggling Free State Stars on Wednesday night, but the match was called off due to floodlight failure at the Charles Mopeli Stadium.
Orlando Pirates are placed 7th on log with 23 points from 13 matches, seventeen points behind leaders and arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs, who have played five more games than their neighbours. Polokwane City on the other hand, are flirting with the relegation as the Rise and Shine of Limpopo are 14th on log with 16 points, and three points away from the drop zone.
Bucs caretaker coach Eric Tinkler, says he was disappointed that they couldn’t play Free State Stars, but they have to move on. “It’s really disappointing we couldn’t play last night,” he said on Thursday morning as they started to prepare for the trip to the North.
“But we have to move on. We have this match now against Polokwane City which is all we are focusing on at the moment. We were disappointed but that should not dampen the mood in the group. We have to get going and try our best to get good result in Polokwane,” added the 43-year old mentor.
When the two sides met earlier this season at the Orlando Stadium, the Premiership rookies were beaten 1-0 by Orlando Pirates, courtesy of Rooi Mahamutsa’s long range strike in the second-half.