Fadlu Davids: This Chiefs nearly won the league

Fadlu Davids, Assistant coach of Orlando Pirates during the 2019 TOTAL CAF Champions League match between Orlando Pirates and Horoya at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto on the 18 January 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates stand-in coach Fadlu Davids has given an indication of his side’s approach for Sunday’s Soweto Derby second leg.

Pirates hold a delightful 3-0 advantage from their MTN8 semi-final first leg played at Orlando Stadium last Saturday and will need to hold on for another 90 minutes at FNB Stadium on Sunday to march into the final on December 5.

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However, knowing the spirit in which a Soweto Derby is played, there is certainly no writing Kaizer Chiefs off, especially under new coach Gavin Hunt.

With this in mind, Davids, who is temporarily in charge in the absence of head coach Josef Zinnbauer, has assured they will not undermine Amakhosi but instead treat them with the same respect of a team that nearly won the league title last season.

“You have to look at the bigger picture, and that is Kaizer Chiefs were 20 minutes, with the same squad, from winning the league in the last game of the season,” Davids told the media.

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“And that is how we approach them, we treat them exactly as the same team that was competing for honours, they only lost one player – George Maluleka, and they have exactly the same squad.

“Yes, a different technical team and coach, but we know their strengths, we know how dangerous they can be, and especially with an experienced coach like Gavin Hunt, where he is going for goals.

“You know they can immediately turn the game around, so we will definitely not go into the game undermining Kaizer Chiefs, but really knowing their strengths and preparing for a normal game with the approach of, like I said, the score 0-0 and not 3-0.”

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