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Golden Arrow’s Siyabonga Nkosi has insisted that while there are no ill-feelings with Orlando Pirates they are prepared to give the Bucs a tough afternoon.
Pirates face Golden Arrows in a must-win Absa Premiership match. For Bucs, the maths is simple; beat Arrows and the results of the Moroka Swallows-Maritzburg United match become irrelevant.
Title-favourites Pirates hold all the aces going into the final round of matches with their 55 points putting them two clear of Moroka Swallows (53), who also face a must-win showdown away at Maritzburg United.
It is a great opportunity for Muhsin Ertugral and his charges to alter the script, but can they spoil the Bucs party?
“It will be evil to say we want to spoil their party…I don’t think we want to ruin anyone’s party because both have done so well to get here,” a candid Nkosi told PSL.co.za. “In my opinion either one of the two deserve it because they wouldn’t be where they are right now if they didn’t deserve it.
“There’s something they did right throughout the season that other teams didn’t do, so well done to them.
“Of course we want to stop them and will not allow them to walk over us easily. We’re determined to win the game, just as we are to win any other one.”
Nkosi and his team-mates have nothing more than pride to play for.
They sit aimlessly in 12th place having pulled clear of the relegation zone last month, while they are too far back to launch an assault on eight place.
The best they can hope for is finishing 11th, above Maritzburg.
“The focus is obviously not on us because we don’t have our sights set on anything really.” Nkosi admitted. “It’s been a hugely disappointing season for us, but we’ll look to end it on a high.
“So we’re preparing like we would for any other game. It’s just another game for us, where we will be looking to go out there and winning.”
Much has been made in the media about Arrows surrendering meekly, while there also has been talk about the Pirates players on loan at the Durban club.
“We never ever play a game not to win. It will be the same on Saturday. At the end of the day, we’re looking for three points and so are they.”
As for the three loan players from Soweto, defender Robyn Johannes, midfielder Clifford Ngobeni and forward Siphelele Mthembu, Nkosi added: “Having them makes no difference.
“In football you represent, whoever you represent at that moment. As a professional, you do the job who whoever you are asked to do it against.
“When you pull on that jersey, whether it’s an amateur team or professional one, you have a responsibility to do the job properly. These guys understand that, I have no doubt about it.”