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Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are fresh and ready for Carling Black Label Champion Cup this year

May 4 '16 | By La Afrique Media | Views: 478 | Comments: 0

Orlando Pirates will be fresh for 2016 Carling Black Label Champion Cup, says Eric Tinkler\

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler is looking on the bright side of his side’s non-participation in CAF competitions this season, and says they will be fresh for this year’s Carling Black Label Champion Cup.

The pre-season match-up, which features Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in the traditional Soweto Derby – will take place on 30 July at FNB Stadium.

Since its inception in 2011, Pirates have won the Carling Champion Cup four times with Amakhosi only lifting it once in 2013. Despite winning it last year, Bucs came into the clash amid a hectic schedule of CAF Confederation Cup group fixtures.

This year, Tinkler believes his side will be better prepared and will use the match as a measurement of how well they have prepared ahead of next season.

“We’ll be going into this cup slightly different to what we did last year, where we had one season into the next and there was very little break in between,” says Tinkler.

“This time the players will have a nice long holiday and come refreshed for the Carling Black Label Champion Cup, and it will be a good opportunity for us to measure exactly where we are ahead of the season.”

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The former Bafana Bafana midfielder also says he will use the match to have a look at some of the new and young players in his squad.

“If I go back to last year’s [match], it was a very good for me to gauge some of the new players that had come in; how they would react to playing in a massive derby in front of 90 000,” he adds.

“I remember Luvuyo Memela, for example, you could see he was a bit shocked because it’s not every day you get to play in front of 90 000. Some people react well to it; some players don’t.

“It gives me a good opportunity to see who is able to adapt to that and who isn’t.”

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