Soweto Giant The rigorous challenges for Royal AM continue, with Orlando Pirates visiting the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday evening as Thwihli Thwahla take on the Soweto giants in the DStv Premiership.
The game begins at 7:30 p.m. CAT (South Africa, GMT +2)
Royal AM had a strong start to their 2022/23 DStv Premiership campaign, winning their first two games against Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa United.
Royal AM played Stellenbosch FC in their most recent encounter, which proved to be a hard challenge for Dan Malesela’s troops, as they were defeated 3-1 at the Danie Craven Stadium.
Speaking on the game, Malesela stated that his team’s defense was exposed and that the result came as a surprise.
An early morning wake-up call
“We exposed ourselves in the rear, and perhaps we made modifications where we shouldn’t have,” Malesela explained.
“Perhaps we could have kept the same team, but you know, you’re trying to rescue other guys and see if you can push forward and bring in some fresh individuals to have continuity, but that obviously backfired.”
“We just have to look at the individuals and see if we’re utilizing the correct folks or not.”
“It is for us to solve; it is not for us to blame anyone or move our attention elsewhere; we need to repair this situation soon.”
“Sometimes you receive a wake-up call early in the season, and if that happens, it’s a good thing.”
The Soweto giants, on the other hand, had a mixed bag of results in their first three league games. Pirates had a terrific start by playing fluid attacking football in their 1-0 win over Swallows FC earlier this month.
Pirates then traveled to the Western Cape to play Stellenbosch in their second league encounter, drawing 1-1 with Steve Barker’s men. Jose Riveiro’s team then suffered their first defeat of the season, falling 1-0 at home to Chippa United, to to the joy of Chilli Boys coach Daine Klate, who celebrated excitedly on the sideline.
Riveiro stated that the Sea Robbers must improve in the aftermath of their defeat.
in front of goal and emphasized the importance of being confidence in winning games.
“Just improve our finishing, maybe we need a little more confidence in the last few minutes, that’s the key,” stated the Spaniard.
“We can approach the game with clear opportunities, and when we do, we’ll always be close to winning.
“We need to improve what we’re doing, especially in the last few minutes, as I mentioned. Perhaps it’s a matter of confidence, but it will come.”
Pirates and Royal AM played each other twice in the 21/22 DStv Premiership season, according to the head-to-head comparison. The clubs drew 1-1 at Orlando Stadium on October 28, with the rematch concluding in a tie.
a 2-2 draw in May at Chatsworth Stadium earlier this year
WATCH OUT FOR:
Mxolisi Machupu: While coach Malesela emphasized the need of consistency. Machupu has been a consistent up front for Royal AM this season. Machupu’s presence at the front of the line will be crucial, particularly when combining with fellow striker Andre de Jong.
Andre de Jong: The New Zealander has been one of the club’s top performers in the early parts of the season, contributing one goal thus far (3). With a plethora of seasoned strikers at his disposal, de Jong will undoubtedly be one of the most advanced players in the final third.
ORLANDO PIRATES: Vincent Pule: The winger was named to the starting XI against Chippa United.
United will want to make an impression under Riveiro. Pule possesses the speed and ingenuity to worry the Royal AM defense, which has shown flaws against Stellenbosch FC.
Riveiro cited bad finishing as a problem against the Chilli boys. Thembinkosi Lorch: Riveiro cited poor finishing as a problem against the Chilli boys. Lorch’s expertise as an attacker in this area may come in helpful. Lorch is a self-assured player who can take the game by the scruff of the neck.