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‘Bucs players can’t handle crunch time’

Orlando Pirates legend and former assistant coach Teboho Moloi believes the Absa Premiership title race is over as he pinpoints the club’s Achilles heel.

The 2018/19 league champions are set to be crowned this weekend, with Mamelodi Sundowns now hot favourites to retain their title for the first time since 2007.

This came after Pirates let slip their advantage atop the standings with a 2-2 draw away to hoodoo side Cape Town City last Saturday, allowing Sundowns to go two points clear on Tuesday.

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Now, with the race firmly in The Brazilians’ control, Moloi, who was part of The Buccaneers’ second treble-winning side in 2012, believes there’s no way this weekend will spring a surprise.

“Pirates lost their chance when they drew with Sundowns [on April Fool’s Day], and the Gods came back and favoured them [with a second chance],” Moloi tells KickOff.com.

“Now they had another chance on Saturday against Benni, and again they didn’t take it. So, for me, it’s curtains – it’s all over for them.

“For me, I think the players they have can’t handle crunch time, like when they went on to go and lose to Baroka [in the Telkom Knockout final in December] – that was crunch time. And then crunch time came again against Sundowns, and again against Benni.

“So, something is missing there where it matters most and when they must lift up their hands and say we want this thing – like the team we had [in 2012].”

“When we said we want to go there, they will go. So, for me, after Sundowns won [against Golden Arrows], Pirates can forget it.

“There’s no way Sundowns will go and lose against Free State Stars, and there’s no way Polokwane City will come here and want to lose against Pirates.” Kickoff

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