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Bartlett praises 'consistent' Bucs

Orlando Pirates have shown that they will be the team to beat this season, Shaun Bartlett says.

Orlando Pirates players celebrate after winning the 2012 Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Orlando Pirates have shown that they will be the team to beat this season, Golden Arrows assistant coach Shaun Bartlett said on Monday.

The Buccaneers successfully defended their Carling Black Label Cup against rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

Pirates came from behind to clinch the cup in front of a packed FNB Stadium.

They won the game on penalties, following a late goal by Benni McCarthy.

Bartlett said Pirates' consistency has been second to none.

"They are the one team that did not make too many changes in their squad. They have been the most consistent [team] over the past two seasons."

Bartlett said one should not count out the likes of Supersport United and Chiefs.

"Supersport will probably be in there again. They are that team that you should never undermine. Chiefs may have a trick or two under their sleeves because they have a new coach."

Bartlett is also an ambassador for the Nestlé MILO U13 Championship.

The former Bafana Bafana striker said it is unfortunate that it is left up to brands and corporations to put structures in place for federations that need it.

"It's disappointing, but you have to compliment companies for their involvement."

The new Premier Soccer League (PSL) season kicks off in August.