Luvuyo Memela lets the Orlando Pirates cat out of the bag


Pirates have long since been amongst the league title favourites during the current campaign but have constantly downplayed their ambitions of fighting for the top prize.

The cliché that, ‘We’re not focussed on the title, we’re just taking it one game at a time,’ has often come from the likes of coach Milutin Sredojevic and captain Happy Jele, but following Thembinkosi Lorch’s recent admission, Memela has further revealed their thinking.

“Obviously we want to win the league, because last season we were at number two, so what better position other than number one can we be in now,” said Memela.

“We can’t be number two again. I can understand last season we were getting used to the coaches, so we were number two, but now we understand everything they want in our game – the half spaces, breaking the lines, finding number-10s, and all that.

“So, I think it’s going to push us as players, because most of the time we like to say, ‘No, we’re just taking it one game at a time’, but we have to be honest – we want to win the league and we must push for it.”

Having recently been knocked out of the CAF Champions League, Pirates now have only the league race to focus on while leaders Mamelodi Sundowns continue their battle on two fronts.

The Buccaneers next welcome Black Leopards to the Orlando Stadium on March 29.