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Let the games begin

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 - 14:37

Over the last month and a half, the eyes of the sporting world have been fixed on the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil where the Olympics were held.

As we say goodbye to the Olympics, South African football loving supporters say Hello to the start of the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season which kicks off this week.

It has been three long months since the Mighty Buccaneers last played a competitive match. On Wednesday evening, the boys from Orlando will step out at a familiar venue – the Orlando Stadium, to kick off their league campaign against Golden Arrows.

In a season where the Club will be celebrating 80 action-packed years, Pirates will be looking to mark this celebration with a similar success that they enjoyed five years ago (when the club was celebrating their 75th), where they went on to win the league as well as two cup titles.

The league is a marathon and not a sprint but most often, as Mamelodi Sundowns showed last season, the team that gets out of the blocks first, tends to be the same team that lifts the coveted Absa Premiership title at the end of the season.

Pirates have started poorly in the last three seasons, and head coach Muhsin Ertugral and his new class of 2016/17 season will be looking to reverse this trend with a good opening night performance against Golden Arrows.

Last season saw both teams recording victories. Surprisingly, both victories came from away matches. Arrows defeated Pirates 2-0, with goals from Mahachi and our own Gladwin Shitolo who was on loan at the time. Pirates avenged the loss in the return fixture, the Buccaneers routed Abafana Be’sthende 4-1 courtesy of goals from Tendai Ndoro (brace), Luvuyo Memela and Edwin Gyimah.

Kick off for the match on Wednesday is 19h30.

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