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Last Chance For Brazilians 02/04/05
Today's Castle Premiership clash between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns represents the last chance for the Brazilians to harbour any hopes of mounting a serious title challenge.

Even if the Pretoria side can upset the Buccaneers this afternoon, they will still have a mountain to climb as they would still be six points behind the Sea Robbers, having played a game more.

On their current form, there seems to be no stopping the Buccaneers at the moment and only an upset of mammoth proportions is going to stop Kosta Papic from lifting the converted league trophy at the end of the season.

What makes Pirates so hard to stop is that their goals can come from anywhere - from up front with the side's leading marksman, Phumudzo Manenzhe, the lightning quick Lebogang Mokoena, into the midfield where Bennedict Vilakazi, Gift Leremi and Steve Lokoelea and even Edelbert Dinha have weighed in with goals, while defender Lucky Lekghathi has also got in on the act on a number of occasions.

Buc's strength in the midfield department can be measured by Joseph Makhanya - more often thatn not the dimmunitive player has found himself on the bench this season, however, when given the chance he rarely fails to shine and not many teams in the world would be able to leave a player of this calibre out of the starting line-up on a regular basis.

So while a player like Esrom Nyandoro, if on top of his game, may just be able to keep out the threat of a player like Vilakazi, it is doubtful whether the more attack minded Sundowns midfielders will be able to keep 'the little Napoleon's' fellow midfielders under wraps.

Godfrey Sapula has also been back to his best in recent weeks and if he is able to repeat the brilliant goal he scored against Chiefs a few weeks back, the former Pirates midfielder may just be able to spur his team-mates onto a shock victory.

Sundowns do have the players capable of scoring goals, Siake Tiene has shown his goal-scoring capabilities out on the left wing, while up young striker Paulus Masehe is slowly fulfilling his potential. Masehe is likely to be partnered by Peter Ndlovu, who has not had the best of times since his move to South Africa, however, he remains a player of high class who is surely destined to put his barren spell behind him at some stage.

With so many attack-minded players on the field, this promises to be an action packed, and hopefully, goal-filled game.

Today's other Premiership action:

Stars vs Rangers
Supersport vs Dynamos

Ajax and Celtic share the spoils

Dynamos hold on for victory over Cosmos

Swallows skipper: We will be a top team

Mokoena: We need to forget about Ghana

Cosmos desperate for win against Dynamos

Petim aiming for Celtic shutout

Lasuka Lahlala by Patrick Zikalala

Pirates Midfielder Taking His Chance

Are Sundowns Really The Brazilians?

Bafana Bafana Star Moves To Sweden

Monday's readers' letters

Supersport triumph over unlucky Downs

Celtic Beat Bucs In Semi-Final Thriller

Spurs Too Strong For Lions

Weekend Mvela fixtures

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