Orlando Pirates face Maritzburg United looking to shake the Absa Premiership monkey off their backs


Without a win in the last 12 league games and still waiting to collect their first set of maximum points under Kjell Jonevret, Pirates will be the hosts against Maritzburg United at Orlando Stadium in a game that could suck them into the relegation mud.

Just five points separate Pirates from bottom club Baroka, with the two teams immediately below them - Ajax Cape Town and Free State Stars - a point away while second-last Highlands Park trail by three.

The last club to go 12 games without a league win was Chippa United, who failed to take three points from anyone from December 2014 through to March 2015, with Roger Sikhakhane and Ernst Middendorp both sacked during that disastrous run.

Chippa only survived relegation by the skin of their teeth that season, eventually finished in 14th.

Pirates’ last win feels like a distant memory to the Ghost, having come on November 22, ironically against Chippa United, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium courtesy of a Tendai Ndoro strike.

Baroka, Highlands Park, Maritzburg, Bloemfontein Celtic, Platinum Stars, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits, Cape Town City, Polokwane City, Kaizer Chiefs, SuperSport United and Free State Stars have provided the list of a dozen teams that Pirates' have failed to beat since their win against Chippa.

Jonevret, who has admitted he is aware that relegation could be a word that starts being written next to the club’s name, is into his fifth league match in charge, which he will hope brings an end to the long wait for victory.

Prior to this depressing spell, the longest the Buccaneers have gone without winning was seven games – in 2013 under Roger de Sa and also under Rudi Krol in 2009.

Through their latest league struggles, Pirates have at least found consolation in the form of their progression in the Nedbank Cup, scoring seven goals in the two games that they have played in this competition, including the 4-1 win over Free State Stars on Saturday night.