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Maluti College v Orlando Pirates


De Sa: Maluti means business

De Sa: Maluti means business

Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa says a loss against Maluti FET College could affect their Premier Soccer League (PSL) title challenge and based on this, they are going all out in attack against the SAFA side.

Maluti FET College is an unknown quantity but De Sa won't be taking chances against this Second Division outfit in their Nedbank Cup last-32 clash.

Pirates are second on the PSL table with 40 points, two less than leaders and bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs and are aiming for a third league title in as many seasons.

The Bucs last won the Nedbank Cup in 2011 when they recorded a unique treble and De Sa won the Nedbank Cup with Bidvest Wits in 2010.

The former Santos gaffer says a loss to a team of this stature will harm his players psychologically.

"We will be at full force on Saturday, no doubt about it. Losing to that team (Maluti) can dent our title aspirations because psychologically it might take a lot from the players," De Sa told

"We will go into this match determined to win and for this, we will have to be at our best and bring in the players we believe can do the business on the day.

"We have been in great shape as far as winning games is concerned and we definitely want to get it going for as far as we possibly can," he said of their 12 game unbeaten streak in the league.

"Playing small teams can be a bit tough because we do not know what to expect from them, but the boys are determined to win on Saturday and let us hope we do it."

AmaBhakabhaka have no injury worries ahead of the match, except for Siyabonga Sangweni who is out of action for at least six weeks.

Midfielder Andile Jali is suspended for this game and De Sa will probably opt to field a similar team that beat Platinum Stars 1-0 in the midweek league game.

Kickoff is at 3pm at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on Saturday.

Posted: 22/02/13 09:14

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