Why Pirates defender is pumped for remainder of season

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Tapelo Xoki is keeping the tap of hopes open for what remains of the season for Orlando Pirates
Tapelo Xoki is keeping the tap of hopes open for what remains of the season for Orlando Pirates
Lefty Shivambu

Tapelo Xoki insists Orlando Pirates remains alive in the chase for silverware and a CAF spot this season despite the wave of inconsistency that has defined their campaign to date.

Sitting in fifth place, Pirates are 21 points behind runaway leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and outside the CAF spots that are currently occupied by Richards Bay (Champions League) and SuperSport United (Confederation Cup).

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The Bucs have already lost six from 16 handing all points to Chippa United, Maritzburg United, Sekhukhune United, Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City which has raised questions about being worthy challengers.

Yet despite all these doubts about them under Jose Riveiro there is still a wave of optimism in their dressing room.

"We know that we have not gotten where we thought we would be at this time and there are a lot of factors to that, but we don’t want to make excuses of our performances," points out Xoki.

Xoki has been working on establishing himself since arriving from AmaZulu at the beginning of the season playing from start to finish in six of the 12 games that he has played to date.

"The only thing is to look forward and make sure that we correct going forward.

"We still have another half of the season to make sure that we play our best football and get the best results and give ourselves a chance to see where we will finish at the end of the season,” he notes while responding with confidence about what remains to play for this term.

"There is still a lot to play for in the league.

"There is a CAF spot and there is the league to play for and there is the Nedbank to play for.

Tapelo Xoki

"So, there are a lot of things to play for. 

"The most important thing now is to soldier on and show character," says Xoki.

The Bucs host Stellenbosch on Sunday in their next league match and have the consolation of that they have already won the MTN8 meaning it won’t be a trophyless campaign regardless of what happens for the remainder of the season.

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