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Gallants try to keep up the momentum against Pirates

Marumo Gallants will try to maintain their winning momentum as they face Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday.

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Gallants face Bucs in the battle for a spot in the quarter-finals of the Ke Yona tournament after two consecutive wins in the DStv Premiership.

Bahlabane Ba Ntwa defeated neighbors Baroka FC 3-0 in the Limpopo derby, courtesy of Phillip Ndlondlo’s brace, as well as Joseph Molangoane’s strike.

Then followed a win over Stellenbosch FC, as Ndlondo scored his third goal in two games.

The wins helped Gallants move out of the relegation zone, with the club now at 10e place on the long with 28 points after 19 games.

Gallant’s assistant coach Raymond Mdaka says the team is under less pressure after those wins.

“This is going to be one of the hardest games we’ve ever played. We didn’t necessarily have a good run, but a better run. It’s a challenge to face Pirates, given the size of the club and the kind of players they have,” said Mdaka.

“We had to make sure we get away from the bottom of the standings knowing that there are some Nedbank Cup matches in between. The priority was to play with less pressure. By moving out of the relegation zone, we don’t have that much pressure.”

Gallants will face Bucs after Soweto lost 2-1 to their rivals Kaizer Chiefs last weekend.

Pirates will try to save themselves, but it will be a difficult encounter, given the way Gallants has played.

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