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Pirates relish Young African test …as the MTC NFA Cup takes centre-stage

2021-05-14  Maurice Kambukwe

Pirates relish Young African test …as the MTC NFA Cup takes centre-stage
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Orlando Pirates coach Woody Jacobs expects a tough encounter against Young African on Saturday in the MTC NFA Cup Round of 32 in Mariental, considering the few injuries among his players. 

Jacobs told New Era Sport yesterday that the match will be a great test for both teams as it will encourage players to play to the best of their abilities.

“It is a great game against a great team. We will have to play to the best of our abilities if we are to win, but we have been preparing enough for this encounter, and we will approach it with care.

“We know what to expect against a team like that, and we have to work on ways to approach the match. We have a few injuries, but we understand the importance of this game. We will go out with a winning mentality,” he added.

His counterpart Steven Mbaisa said they are aware of what Pirates are capable of, and will thus approach the match differently. 

“Pirates are the favourites for the cup after their good run in the transitional league – five games, five wins - and of course we know, them being the bigger club, what to expect. But we will give them a run for their money. We will go in as underdogs and surprise them at the end. We played them twice before and won one and drew one, so we are ready for them.

“We have been ready for the football season since we started. Remember, we are preparing teams for the league proper, so our work started since day one. Whatever game we play, we have been working on our plans since then,” enthused Mbaisa.

The match will kick off at 15h00 at the Mariental Stadium.


Other matches this weekend:


Mariental Stadium


Nossob vs BMC at 09h00

Tura Magic vs Atlanta Bucks at 12h00


Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb 


Newcastle United vs DTS Hopsol at 09h00

Ongwediva City vs Black Africa at 12h00

Robber Chanties vs Citizens at 15h00



SFC vs Ohangwena Nampol at 09h00

Khuse Lions vs Oshikuku Young Stars at 12h00


Omulunga Stadium in Grootfontein 


Supe 11 FC and Kaltes Wasser Football Academy at 09h00

Space Age vs Mighty Gunners at 12h00 

Eshoke Chula Chula vs Civics at 15h00



Young Brave vs New Poison at 09h00

Western Spurs vs Kangweru Black Tops at 12h00


Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek


Julinho Sporting vs Young Brazilians at 09h00

Eleven Arrows vs Blue Waters at 12h00

Young Generations vs Tigers at 15h00 


2021-05-14  Maurice Kambukwe

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