Bucs ready to defend MTN8

Orlando Pirates winger Daine Klate says they will not underestimate Bloemfontein Celtic in the MTN8.

Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi and coach Augusto Palacios with the Carling Black Label Cup. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates winger Daine Klate on Friday said despite his side going into the MTN8 quarterfinal against Bloemfontein Celtic as favourites, they would not underestimate their opponents.

The Buccaneers are the defending champions and will kick-off the new Premier Soccer League (PSL) season on Friday evening at the Orlando Stadium.

A loss for Pirates will mean the MTN8 trophy will have a new home this season.

Klate said a loss is out of the question, especially when they are playing at home.

"We've raised the bar and now everybody is expecting us to win. We know what to do when we get onto the field. We also have to take full advantage of the fact that we're playing at home."

Meanwhile, the Bucs are also out to prove that winning the treble last season and the season before was not a fluke.

Klate feels that despite winning the trophy twice before, they are wary of being complacent.

"The pressure is always going to be there. The team spirit is high and we know what is expected of us."

Kickoff is 8pm.