13 January, 2018
Abbubaker Mobara has rallied his troops to go all out when they face Mamelodi Sundowns at Loft
The defender-cum-midfielder has also allayed any fears that the team will be weakened by the absence of Thabo Matlaba, who will miss the match due to suspension.
“It’s going to be a big game because both teams want to win. At the end of the day it will be dependent on which team wants it the most,” said the 23-year old.
“Matches against Sundowns are never easy, the games tend to be very tactical and often the team that plays to instruction and focuses on the task at hand will be the ultimate victors.
“We have been working very hard this week and hopefully we will come out on top for this one.”
Match-ups between Pirates and Sundowns have traditionally proven to be exciting affairs. One would have to go as far back as 2012 for the last goalless draw. However, it has been Downs who have enjoyed an advantage over the Buccaneers in recent history.
Mobara says that although the memory of 6-0 defeat still lingers in the players change room, revenge is not on the cards.
“Look, it is no secret that Sundowns have been dominating us in recent times. Our last memory of Loftus Versfeld isn’t a good one for us and our fans. But even though we are fully aware of the result the last time we were there, we are not going into this match with a revenge mentality and with blood rushing to our heads. This is a new game which presents a new challenge. In some case we can say that football is predictable, because we know this will be a tough game but we have prepared well and we are ready for the fight,” he concluded.