JOHANNESBURG — Takesure Chinyama has promised to continue with his goalscoring form in the African Champions League when Orlando Pirates take on Djabal FC in Moroni, Comoros, in the second leg tie tomorrow afternoon.
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The big Zimbabwean striker was in his element, banging in four goals in Bucs’ 5-1 drubbing of Djabal at the Orlando Stadium a fortnight ago.
While he failed to reproduce the same form to assist his team while under siege in their two successive losses, Chinyama concurred that a win far from home will see a surge in spirits, days before the much-awaited Soweto derby with Kaizer Chiefs.
With his reputation on the line, it is hard to imagine coach Roger De Sa exposing his fringe players to the rigours of African football at this stage, hence the need for Chinyama to show no mercy against a side Pirates toyed with two weeks ago.
“We let ourselves down in the two matches, but as players, we promised ourselves that something like that will not happen again,” Chinyama said.
“Pirates are a big team and the ability to rise to the occasion will be seen in tomorrow’s game as we are determined to return to our best.”
Knowing that the goals will present him with a chance to assume the arduous task of playing against a rampant and red-hot Amakhosi side next Saturday, the 30-year-old centre-forward agreed that the derby was already in his mind despite Pirates facing Bloemfontein Celtic three days before the country’s most anticipated football match.
Pirates have just found out that they will be playing on an artificial pitch, but that does not worry them as the likes of Daine Klate, Sifiso Myeni and Andile Jali should be able to carry the team through.
The Sea Robbers might have conceded seven goals in two matches, but don’t expect the island side to read too much into their situation as they will be aware the South African champions possess enough quality and hunger to appease their fans.