The Mamelodi-based club has already shocked two DStv Premiership sides in the competition, known as the Cup of Dreams. Dondol Stars remain the only amateur side left in the Ke Yona Cup, having defeated SuperSport United and AmaZulu in previous rounds.
Home Advantage for Dondol Stars
Interestingly, the match against Pirates will be the third time Dondol Stars have secured a home game, having previously beaten Matsatsantsa and Usuthu on their home turf. Pirates, on the other hand, have reached this stage of the competition after beating two teams from the Motsepe Foundations Championship – All Stars and Venda Football Academy, though the latter required extra time to overcome, courtesy of Thembinkosi Lorch’s lob.
Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses of the Opponent
Rammoni, who has watched several Pirates’ matches, believes that there are areas of the team they can exploit. However, he chose not to disclose specific weaknesses in the highly talented Bucs squad.
Mutual Respect Between Coaches
Rammoni shared a conversation he had with Pirates’ coach Jose Riveiro, where both coaches expressed a feeling that their teams would face each other in the competition. Rammoni emphasized his respect for the Pirates as an organization, stating that he would not publicly discuss their weaknesses or strengths.
Showcasing Resilience in Previous Matches
Dondol Stars have demonstrated their strength and character in their previous matches, coming from behind to secure victories against formidable opponents. This resilience is something the Pirates will need to be cautious of when facing the amateur side.
Pirates’ Previous Loss to an Amateur Side
It is worth noting that the last time Orlando Pirates lost to an amateur side in the Nedbank Cup was during the 2012/13 season. They were defeated by Maluti FET College, losing 4-1 in the first round in Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State.