CAPE TOWN – The 2019-2020 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season kicks off this weekend, but already Orlando Pirates have demonstrated that they will be serious challengers for the league title.
Pirates comfortably dispatched of Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 in the pre-season Carling Black Label Cup last weekend and are now focused on their opening PSL match when they host Bloemfontein Celtic at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
Having finished runners-up the last two seasons, the Buccaneers are determined to go one better. With coach Micho Sredojevic’s mandate very clear, the squad has been considerably strengthened ahead of what will be an intriguing campaign indeed.
While Pirates are looking good, defending PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns will again be the team to chase, while Bidvest Wits, Chiefs, SuperSport United and Cape Town City will be in the mix too.
In last weekend’s pre-season friendly, Pirates gave some of their new signings a run in the Soweto Derby against Chiefs. It was an opportunity for players like Bongani Sam, Gabadinho Mhango and Fortune Makaringe to get an understanding of what it feels like to be a Pirates player.