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Pirates v Free State Stars

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De Sa: Ready to bounce back

De Sa: Ready to bounce back

Orlando Pirates will be hoping to keep the pressure on arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs by taking maximum points from their clash with Free State Stars at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

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With Benni McCarthy back from injury, and Collins Mbesuma in goal-scoring form, Pirates are a team with a lot of fire-power in their ranks and anything less than a home win would be a major disappointment for the defending champs.

The Buccaneers brushed aside Sundowns 3-1 on Wednesday, but remain four points adrift of Chiefs, who beat Golden Arrows 3-0.

For Bucs coach Roger de Sa, the win over Sundowns came just at the right time as his side looked to hit back following the disappointment of their Telkom Knockout loss to Celtic on Sunday.

"I was surprised to see the two training sessions since the Celtic game. The vibe was incredible, so they've got it in them and were ready to bounce back," said de Sa.

Stars, meanwhile, have been somewhat inconstant in the league and go into this game in eighth position.

They are, however, boosted by a midweek win over Ajax Cape Town, a result that pleased coach Steve Komphela after his side lost their last league outing 4-0 to Platinum Stars. It also ended a six match winless streak in the league.

"I am happy with the players redeeming themselves. Katlego Mashego in particular had a good game. He is a good crosser and good at one-on-one situations; he gives our opponents a difficult time in the field," he told the club's official website.

There is, however, always space for improvement, and room to grow, believes Komphela. Players with an 'X-factor' also help.

"The "secret" behind Free State Stars is the structure of the training. In order for a team to be successful, all it needs are goal scorers and special players.

"However, I also stress the fact that failure also makes you stronger because it brings awareness of weaknesses to you," Komphela added.

Posted: 09/11/12 12:05

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