Sat 21 Nov by Mark Gleeson
Much is made of the fact that Kaizer Chiefs have not won a trophy for the last five seasons, but many forget that for Orlando Pirates it has been even longer.Their trophy drought stretches back to the Nedbank Cup in 2014 – six full seasons, now into a seventh as they prepare for the MTN8 final against Bloemfontein Celtic on 12 December.Aside from the free spending Mamelodi Sundowns, Pirates have been the most prolific in the transfer market over that time and been through a number of coaches. But success has eluded them.German coach Joe Zinnbauer is closing in on a year now in charge of the club and beginning to look as if he is getting the best out of the team.But if they are to be credible challengers for the title this season, they need to win the crunch games and today’s clash at home to SuperSport United is one of those tests.The game at the Orlando stadium will be a tough encounter for the hosts, as well as their visitors. Pirates are looking sharper upfront which will test SuperSport’s defence, which had been severely hit by injury before the international widow but likely sees the return of the likes of Clayton Daniels, Grant Kekana and Luke Fleurs today.The outcome could be decided by finishing where perhaps SuperSport striker Bradley Grobler is the sharpest of the players on display.Chiefs will be hoping their traditional dominance over Lamontville Golden Arrows continues in Durban today but that is no guarantee. Chiefs need a massive confidence boost to avoid their season spiraling dangerously out of control.