Orlando Piratess star Kermit Erasmus

Pirates star Kermit Erasmus unfazed by squad depletion ahead of Soweto Derby 

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 Ahead of the highly anticipated Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Piratess star Kermit Erasmus has expressed his unwavering confidence in his team, despite the absence of several key players due to injuries and suspensions.

While some may view the depleted squad as a cause for concern, Erasmus is adamant that the Pirates possess the depth to overcome the challenges in this crucial derby clash.

The Soweto Derby is one of the season’s much-anticipated showdowns given the storied rivalry between the two sides as bragging righs are at stake.

Orlando Pirates will take on Amakhosi in a DStv Premiership clash on Saturday, at FNB Stadium in Soweto with kick-off set for 15:30. However, will be without the services of players like goalkeeper Sipho Chaine, captain Innocent Maela, and Paseka Mako have been on the sidelines due to injuries. 

Orlando Piratess star Kermit Erasmus


 “Obviously, it could have been preferable if the coach had a full squad of players to choose from you know. However, that’s what football is about. Football is about playing games and getting injuries,” said Kermit Erasmus.

“But it’s not like it will have much of an impact losing players that we can’t have like have on big occasion this weekend.

“So, it will give other players who have been working hard the opportunity to raise their hand and show what they are capable of. I mean, there’s no better opportunity than to do it in a Soweto Derby.”

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The 33-year-old footballer went on to heap praises on former TS Galaxy goalie Melusi Buthelezi for the good job he has been doing since he took over between the sticks from the injured Chaine.

“It will be a great opportunity for players like Melusi [Buthelezi]. He has been doing really well for us in goal and he’s a very humble guy always willing to learn. You have seen the improvement he has made from where he’s coming from,” he added.

“That’s what football is all about. Growing as a player not only on the field but off the field as well. Also, seeing that with the naked eye.

“And that’s what we encourage as players and instill the confidence because we are capable of doing these things that we have been doing at training. That’s how we prepare to play games from the back and being composed in front of goal.”

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