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Pirates looking for gold

Orlando Pirates take on SuperSport United in the first Telkom Knockout semi-final on Saturday.

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates will be looking to get back to winning ways when they take on SuperSport United in the first Telkom Knockout semi-final on Saturday.

The game will be played at Lucas 'Masterpieces' Moripe Stadium at 3:30pm on Saturday.

The Buccaneers will be looking to go all the way in yet another cup competition following their recent appearance in the finals of the MTN 8 and CAF Champions League.

Pirates lost the MTN 8 final to Platinum Stars on penalties, while they went down 3-1 to Al Ahly on aggregate in the CAF Champions League.

Coach Roger de Sa admits he is tired of his team finishing in second place.

"We are tired of silver; we want a bit of gold now. We've had two silvers in a row. Pirates want to win everything and that's perfectly normal."

If Pirates get past the men from Pretoria they will need striker Kermit Erasmus to perform.

He will face his former team for the first time since joining Pirates at the beginning of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.

De Sa admits that the return of Erasmus is a boost to his team.

SuperSport coach Cavin Johnson has no doubt Erasmus could play a crucial role in Saturday's game.

"He is a special player. It was not easy losing him to Orlando Pirates," he said. "When I watched him the other day, he scored a goal against Kaizer Chiefs."

Johnson says his team has plans to close him down.

"Knowing who he [Erasmus] is and what he is, we will try to nullify those special moments that he has within the game and try to keep him as quiet as possible and get the advantage over him."

This is the second meeting between the sides in the Telkom Knockout.