Orlando Pirates have had a lot to worry about in the current season but will have to shift their focus to their visit to Thembisa on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers take on Highlands Park as they search for what’s only their third league win in the ongoing campaign.
This after being stunned by top-flight newcomers, Stellenbosch FC in Cape Town over the weekend.
Orlando Pirates focused on Highlands Park encounter
Having dropped back to the bottom half of the table, it’s now up to interim coach Rhulani Mokwena to try and trigger a turnaround in results.
The 32-year-old says the position the team finds itself in is not altogether an unfamiliar one.
“We are painfully aware of the position we find ourselves in and tonight will be a test of character for the boys,” said Mokwena, as quoted on the Orlando Pirates website.
“The loss to Stellenbosch was a setback and we have had to take a hard look at ourselves and what needs to be done to improve the situation.
“We have put that match behind us now and with the games coming thick and fast there is no time to dwell on the negatives.
“We have a bigger and harder test against a very confident Highlands Park tonight but as I told the boys we will be playing in front of the packed crowd and it’s up to us to fight to restore faith in the Bucs faithful who will be out in numbers tonight. This is a pivotal moment in our league journey so far and perhaps it is what we need to shake us back into contention, we have to play for the badge our supporters.”
Change in fortunes desperately needed
Mokwena was part of the technical team, headed by former head coach Milutin Sredojevic, which saw to a sharp turnaround for Pirates, following a tough 2016/17 season, where they finished a record low 11th place.
The pair, who were later joined by former Bucs striker Fadlu Davids in the coaching department, guided the team to consecutive second-place finishes in the subsequent seasons.
However, the Serb’s abrupt departure at the start of the current campaign has coincided with indifferent results, which have seen the Soweto giants languishing in tenth place in the league.
With Mokwena and Davids still pulling the strings, the fans will be hoping for another sharp change in fortunes.
Following their game against Highlands Park, Pirates turn their attention to the Telkom Knockout, where they face fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the quarterfinal.