Lourenco and Mtshali looking forward to Derby
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 15:13
The Soweto Derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs will be played this weekend.
Before you get into a panic and head to your nearest Computicket and Shoprite Checkers outlet to buy your tickets; we are not talking about the senior team but rather the Multichoice Diski Challenge.
Be as it may; whether it is an under 13 match or an official Absa Premiership clash; when the Mighty Buccaneers and Amakhosi meet, there are no friendly matches - it’s still a derby.
Orlandopiratesfc.com took a drive down to the training grounds to chat to captain Ricardo Lourenco and defender Lehlohonolo Mtshali to get their views on the upcoming clash.
“It’s my first Derby so I’m both nervous and excited, mostly excited,” said Lourenco. “It’s an emotional game for everyone, my family and friends have been talking about it since we got back to training. We came back very early and have been working hard, the mood in camp is good.”
Lourenco revealed that the Pirates MDC team has been hard at work since returning from their festive season break on the 3rd of January.
“We have been working very hard since returning to training last week. We have played a friendly match against a fairly competitive team and I think we did well, now we are executing specifics and looking forward to a positive result against Chiefs at the weekend.”
He added: “I’ll try not let the excitement get to me because I have a responsibility to keep the team calm and level-headed, it won’t be easy though.”
Meanwhile, Mtshali who is no stranger to the Derby, having played in the goalless draw in Durban last season, says he is looking forward to the clash against Chiefs.
“I feel excited about playing the Derby, it’s always a big game,” said the defender. “There is no PSL football or AFCON for people to watch, so all the focus will be on us in the MDC. To make matters worse is that the match will be televised… this adds that extra pressure on us.
“It won’t be an easy match – that we know, but we have been preparing for this match and I feel that we are ready.”
Having played the Derby before, Mtshali was on hand to give advice to his fellow Derby debutant teammates.
“I somewhat know what to expect which is why my advice to my teammates would be the following; play as you have trained, don’t try complicate things just because it’s a Derby. The ball is still round and you have to respect it the same way you do in training or in games that are not the Derby,” he concluded.