Orlando Pirates should brace for a fight when they face rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup semifinal, according to Sifiso Hlanti.

The two Soweto giants meet in the long-awaited clash at FNB Stadium on Saturday at 15:00. A win for both PSL giants will present an opportunity to finally get their hands on the Nedbank Cup trophy after so many years.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, the left back insists they remain positive, despite the huge task ahead.

“We should try and redeem ourselves. At the end of the day we don’t need to put ourselves under pressure unnecessarily,” he said.

KAIZER CHIEFS BRACE FOR A ORLANDO PIRATES FIGHT

“We need to look at things in a positive manner and the attitude as well. We know that playing against Pirates is always a fight and it’s a special occasion.

Kaizer Chiefs defender Sifiso Hlanti vows to give Orlando Pirates a fight in Nedbank Cup semifinal
Kaizer Chiefs players celebrate

“Not only for us as players but for everyone in the country. We are looking forward to making things up and knowing very well that they also have a plan, we also have a plan. It’s going to be an exciting event with high intensity as well. But we are positive.”

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Kaizer Chiefs have found themselves conceding some silly goals of late and the 33-year-old admits it’s something they need to work on.

“I won’t say it’s a working factor. This is a game of mistakes in which we should try and avoid such things which are true. All in all it’s a team effort and teamwork.

SIFISO HLANTI WANTS AMAKHOSI TO RECTFY MISTAKES

“We make mistakes in the game and we try to rectify those kinds of mistakes which at the end of the day we need to soilder on,” he added.

“We know very well that it’s not a great feeling conceding silly goals but we are working on that and we hope that things will come the way we want.”

By Khotso Ramalwatsa

Kaizer Chiefs have been drawn against Orlando Pirates in the semifinal of the 2023 Nedbank Cup. The semifinal will be played on the weekend of 6 and 7 May 2023.

The draw was conducted at Chatsworth Stadium soon after the quarterfinal match between Chiefs and Royal AM. Amakhosi won 2-1 after extra time with goals by Yusuf Maart [penalty] and also an own goal by Thabo Matlaba.

Kaizer Chiefs have been drawn against Orlando Pirates in the semifinal of the 2023 Nedbank Cup.
Kaizer Chiefs have been drawn against Orlando Pirates in the semifinal of the 2023 Nedbank Cup

Sekhukhune United advanced to the semifinals after a 2-1 win against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday. Elias Mokwana and Chibuike Ohizu scored for Babina Noko while Etiosa Ighodaro found the back of the net for the hosts.

FIRST EVER SEMIFINAL FOR STELLENBOSCH   

Stellenbosch on the other hand beat defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns at Athlone Stadium on Saturday. It was probably the shock of the quarterfinals stage which also saw the Stellies secure a first ever semifinal spot in their history. Iqraam Rayners scored a brace for the hosts, his sixth of the competition. It was also goal number 13 in all competitions for the 27-year-old.

On Saturday, Orlando Pirates had to find it hard to secure a 5-4 win on penalties against minnows Dondol Stars. The match had ended 1-1 after extra time.

NEDBANK CUP SEMIFINAL DRAW 

Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates

Stellenbosch FC v Sekhukhune United