Captain Jele to steer sea robbers to victory

Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele says he's ready to lead his side to victory in the Soweto derby.

The FNB Stadium will host the Soweto derby on Saturday. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG -Orlando Pirates are preparing for the derby match against Kaizer Chiefs and Happy Jele will captain the side.

It will be Jele's first derby as captain and he says he is looking forward to it.

"It's my first captaincy of the team and it's a challenge for me, but the coach told me to relax and lead the team."

Meanwhile, Pirates coach Roger De Sa says Lucky Lekgwathi is like any other player in the team and needs to prove himself if he is to get back into the starting lineup.

Lekgwathi has been left out of the Buccaneers last six games and claimed that sinister forces were keeping him out of the side.

While De Sa has admitted that he has no problem with the player, he adds that he must work hard to get selected again.

"Lucky is a player like Manti Moholo, Mabena, Kabhuza and many others that are awaiting the opportunity. So there is no difference at all. He's trying to get into the team, he's been working and he's going to have to convince me that he's good enough to play in the next game."

MUSONA OUT FOR CHIEFS

Chiefs will head into that game without the services of Knowledge Musona.

The striker has a shoulder injury and has been ruled out for several weeks.

Chiefs Captain Itumeleng Khune says he hopes the other strikers in the team can step up in Musona's absence.

"We are going to miss him and he has been a pillar of strength for us. He has been getting goals for us and creating more goals as well. His absence would mean other players will have to step up to the challenge, take the responsibility and score for the team.

Coach Stuart Baxter has described the Soweto derby as the greatest derby he has ever been a part of.

Baxter has expressed his love for the biggest club game in local football.

"I love the Soweto derby. The event, probably the biggest and most exciting event that I have ever taken part on and I love it because it very unique. "

CONTRACT WOES

Baxter heads into the game currently locked in contract negotiations with the team.

While the final details are yet to be ironed out, Baxter says both sides are looking for the best possible deal for everyone involved.

"Well I don't know how long it will take. Any contract negotiation is a process and you go through different stages. I think it's in everybody's interest that if we are going to do it, we do it as soon as possible.

(Leeto M. Khoza)