Kjell Jonevret admits Orlando Pirates will be underdogs against Bidvest Wits, Mamelodi Sundowns

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Wits won the reverse fixture against the Bucs 2-1 at Orlando Stadium in February thanks to a first-half brace from Gabadinho Mhango, with Pirates’ lone goal scored by Happy Jele, who was also forced to stand between the sticks during that game after Jackson Mabokgwane was red carded for handling the ball outside of the penalty area.

The Students will now host Pirates at Bidvest Stadium on Thursday, with kick-off set for 19h30.

“Looking forward [to the Wits game] – it’s going to be a little bit of a test for us,” Jonevret said.

“We’ve played four to five games against teams that are around us in the league where everybody expected us to go out there are take charge of game, keep the ball, and win.”

Jonevret is not only looking forward to facing Wits on Thursday but is also relishing the encounter against current Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns in Soweto on Sunday [15hoo kick-off].

The last time the two teams met, the Brazilians destroyed Amabhakabhaka 6-0 at Loftus Versfeld on February 11.

“Now we are going to play the two best teams in the league [Wits and Sundowns] so I think we are going to be a bit of an underdog in these games.

"It’s a test for us to see how it is to play the best teams again. We’ve played [Kaizer] Chiefs and we’ve played SuperSport [United] directly when I arrived here. But after that we have six to eight games against teams that are around us.

“So, I’m looking forward in seeing how we manage to play two top teams in one week – I should be fine to watch.”