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More pressure on Pirates - Igesund

DOBSONVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 15, Gordon Igesund of Swallows during the Absa Premiership match between Moroka Swallows and Santos from Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium on February 15, 2012 in Dobsonville, South Africa Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

DOBSONVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 15, Gordon Igesund of Swallows during the Absa Premiership match between Moroka Swallows and Santos from Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium on February 15, 2012 in Dobsonville, South Africa Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

Published May 15, 2012

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The pressure will be piled on log leaders Orlando Pirates when the Premiership race comes down to the wire this weekend, according to Moroka Swallows coach Gordon Igesund.

The Buccaneers hold a two-point advantage at the top of the standings, with only Swallows in with a chance of toppling the title holders.

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“I think, personally, there's a lot more pressure on Pirates,” Igesund said on Tuesday.

“Everybody expects Pirates to win the league. They've got the best team in the league.

“We're just happy to be where we are, to be able to go out and maybe snatch it from them.”

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Pirates stand-in coach Augusto Palacios, however, brushed off Igesund's comments, claiming his counterpart was trying to play mind games.

“Gordon uses psychology. Gordon needs it,” Palacios said.

“He's saying that and that's his opinion, but he also wants to win.

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“For me it's simple. I have quality players. I have the best players in the country and if Daine Klate is injured I have another one.

“If Lucky 1/8Lekgwathi 3/8 is injured, I have another one.”

“For me, I don't put pressure on the players. Today we trained with music.

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“The guys wanted music while they trained, so we played music.”

If Pirates beat Golden Arrows in Durban, they will successfully defend the championship crown, but if they lose, the Birds can secure their maiden league title of the professional era with a draw or a win against Maritzburg United in Pietermaritzburg.

“We can't be too concerned about what's going to happen between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows,” Igesund said.

“Whether we finish second or third, people will remember Swallows for their performance this season.”

Igesund insisted they would not underestimate Maritzburg, who are in the bottom half of the table, as Swallows look to complete a remarkable turaround after finishing 13th last season.

“Maritzburg are a very good side,” he said.

“We are under no illusions that we're simply going to go there and win.

“We're going to go out there and work our butts off to try and win the title but it will be difficult against Maritzburg.”

Palacios did not entertain unlikely permutations and said all his side needed to do was win.

“I've been telling my players the same thing as last week,” he said.

“We need to go to the game and win the game.

“The players have great motivation. We need to focus and take the points.” – Sapa

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