MTN8 Pirates

Orlando Pirates star Tapelo Xoki is expected to feature against Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8. Image: @KickOffMagazine/ Twitter

MTN8: Pirates defender shares Shalulile plan

It can’t be more exciting than Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8. How will Bucs stop Shalulille?

MTN8 Pirates

Orlando Pirates star Tapelo Xoki is expected to feature against Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8. Image: @KickOffMagazine/ Twitter

Orlando Pirates defender Tapelo Xoki has hinted at a possible start in the line-up, including how to stop the scoring supremo that is Peter Shalulile.

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All eyes are on Soweto’s Orlando on Saturday afternoon. It’s the Sea Robbers hosting Kabo Yellow for a place in the final of the MTN8.

The first leg is at the Orlando Stadium before the PSL champions welcome Bucs to Tshwane next week. The PSL’s champions’ superstar striker Shalulile could decide both games if given the chance.

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Speaking to the media this week, the 27-year-old Xoki said stopping the Namibian is much about keeping quite the teammates that supply him with the ball.

“We have to appreciate his qualities, he’s done well for his club, scored goals for his team,” Xoki said as quoted by FARPost.

“He doesn’t do it alone, the guys give him the supply so we have to make sure we starve the support to him as much as we can.

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“We have to deal with all other guys, it’s not only him who can hurt you. We just have to focus on that as a collective, not focus sorely on him.

“We have played against him in many games, so we know the type of player he is,” the Khayelitsha-born player added.

“It will be a good test for us to see how far we can go, we know they are the current defending champions.

“For us, we know we want to go all the way, for us to go all they way we have to beat everyone on front of us.

“It’s no different if it was the other opponents, but you have to face the defending champions given the respect they deserve,”

– Orlando Pirates defender Thapelo Xoki.

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