10 August, 2020
Fortune Makaringe has expressed his delight at the resumption of the league but revealed that it will be a unique experience.
Makaringe, who after months of confinement much like the rest of the country due to the Coronavirus pandemic, said that playing behind closed doors will be something that all players will have to get used to.
“We are all ready and itching to get back to playing the game we love,” said Makaringe. “It has been a while since we last played competitive football but fortunately that time has finally come.”
“Preparations have gone well, nothing much has changed in how we prepare. However, to play without fans will take some mental adjusting from our (players) part.”
After about three months away from action, Orlando Pirates will drive down to Dobsonville, Soweto on Tuesday to face Mamelodi Sundowns for the first of their remaining seven games in the league.
The Buccaneers were on a run of an indifferent set of results before it was brought to a halt in March, and Makaringe believes the break could benefit the club positively.
“It’s been such a long time since we last played but I believe this break might have served us well, and we can use it to regain the form we had earlier in year.
“I feel the pressure will be more on the teams above and not us as some have already written us off. So we will play minus the burden that the likes of Chiefs and Sundowns will be carrying and this could work in our favour In the remaining matches."
“On a personal level, I’m feeling very good. I’m raring to go. I enjoy playing big games and they don’t come any bigger than against Sundowns ” concluded Makaringe.