Former Orlando Pirates assistant coach Teboho Moloi says the Buccaneers will manage without their head coach Josef Zinnbauer against Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.
The two South African football giants will meet in another Soweto Derby at the FNB Stadium in the second leg of their MTN8 semi-final.
Kick-off is at 15:00.
FADLU DAVIDS WILL CALL THE SHOTS
Pirates hold a handy 3-0 lead having emerged winners in the first leg at Orlando Stadium a week ago.
With Zinnbauer out of the country to attend to an urgent family matter, his assistant Fadlu Davids will be calling the shots from the bench.
“It doesn’t depend on Fadlu Davids, it depends on the players,” Moloi told Kickoff.com.
“The players must just come to the party and not be complacent you know. Like I said before the first derby, Chiefs is in a rebuilding stage. They are still rebuilding and it’s for Pirates to take advantage of this situation Kaizer Chiefs find themselves in. You know they are down, they are still trying to find their feet. They are struggling here they are struggling there you know, and Pirates is solid.
“So at the end of the day these boys need to understand that Fadlu is not playing, Fadlu he doesn’t know anything about the derby he used to see (it) from afar. Some of the players that are there the likes of Happy [Jele], [Ntsikelelo] Nyauza, [Vincent] Pule is the kit manager but he plays an important role in telling these boys what the derby is all about you know. Help the coach to understand what the derby is all about. They must not allow Chiefs to get out of the situation they are currently in.
“I don’t think Pirates will miss Zinnbauer, the players know what is expected. Like I said the derby is not about the coach. It’s about an individual player who really wants it. It’s about somebody who really wants to make a name for themselves and stamp authority.
The winner of the match will face Bloemfontein Celtic in the final after Siwelele beat SuperSport United 2-1 on aggregate in their semi-final.
The overall winner will walk away with R8 million in prize money.