Sangweni: Home ground no longer an advantage
Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - 11:46
Defender Siyabonga Sangweni has warned his teammates to forget about the club’s impeccable home record last season and start on a clean slate.
Pirates completed the 2011/12 season undefeated in the league at Orlando Stadium, however Ntsimbi says that the team must focus on winning against Celtic and not focus on what people deem as home ground advantage.
The tough-as-nails defender who was on the score-sheet the last time these two sides met at Orlando Stadium, said he is looking forward to the match.
“This match will be very interesting,” said Sangweni.
“Celtic lost here to us last season and obviously they will do everything to try stopping us from beating them again.
“But for us, the spirit and winning mentality reigns supreme in our dressing room, so we will try working hard this week and try to have a good game against them.
He added: “Home games are usually the trickiest because everybody expects you to win. We will be playing in front of our supporters so we have a duty to win. Unfortunately in football home advantage counts for nothing - we will go onto the field as a unit and try to get a good result. Home advantage only counts when a team uses its chances on the day of the match, but before kick off its zero-zero and both teams have the same opportunity to win the match. And since this is a cup game, we cannot afford to concede early because that will make our job very difficult,” he told Orlandopiratesfc.com.
Bucs welcomes Celtic on Friday night at Orlando Stadium in the first quarter-final match of the MTN8 Cup.
Kick-off is at 20.00.