Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler says Mamelodi Sundowns will find them in a fiery mood when they lock horns in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.
Tinkler revealed this after steering his side to an emphatic 4-1 thumping of Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership match at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
Although Arrows’ Nduduzo Sibiya scored a consolation goal late in the game, Pirates’ red hot Tendai Ndoro scored a brace with Luvuyo Memela and Issa Sarr also getting their names on the scoresheet. The win increased Pirates’ chances of finishing in the top four despite a wobbly start to the season. The Buccaneers are now sixth in the standings with 38 points from 25 matches.
Tinkler said he was happy with the progress shown by his charges. He is not worried about facing on-form Downs: “They are always a tough side to play but they will find us in a fiery mood,” the coach said.
Commenting on the Arrows game, Tinkler said they capitalised on the home side’s mistakes in the first half.
They expected Arrows to come at them in the second half but he was glad his charges could withstand the pressure.
Bucs’ win was marred when midfielder Lehlogonolo Masalesa was shown a red card for a controversial second bookable offence in the 53rd minute.
Under-fire Arrows coach Clinton Larsen rued amateurish mistakes: “We had a crazy first half but came back stronger in the second half.”
He said he would continue to field youngsters like Quincy Ngcobo and Kwanele Hlongwane until the end of the season.
The former Bloem Celtic coach is not concerned about missing out on the top eight spot, insisting he is building a team that will compete next season. Arrows, which last tasted victory two months ago, are 11th with 29 points from 25 matches.