By MAWANDE MVUMVU
TORNADO FC coach Jerry Sikhosana has welcomed the announcement that the Nedbank Cup last 32 showdown between his side and Orlando Pirates is set to take place at Orlando Stadium on February 18. The confirmation was made by the PSL yesterday and Sikhosana said it was something he expected. "I knew it was going to be like that but our mindset has not changed, it remains that of going to the game to give Pirates a run for their money even though they will be playing at home," he said. Sikhosana believes he has got enough time to prepare a team that will put up a good fight against the Soweto giants. He said: "We will be ready for Pirates
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By MAWANDE MVUMVU
MDANTSANE-based Tornado Football Club coach Jerry "Legs of Thunder" Sikhosana has issued a stern warning to his former club, Orlando Pirates. "If they think they will cruise to an easy victory when the two clubs meet in the Nedbank Cup last 32, they should think again," he said.
Tornado were drawn against the defending champions from Orlando on Thursday night. Pirates won the trophy last year in Durban in the final against Bidvest Wits but Sikhosana believes his team will not be a walk in the park for Pirates. The Nedbank Cup is known for upsets by lower league club sides and Tornado will draw solace from this. "I believe it is better that the draw came out this way. It is better to play the big guns right from the onset. "Going into the game as underdogs gives us the edge," said Sikhosana, who juggles between coaching Tornado and being a SuperSport football analyst. Honoured that he will have to plot the downfall of the club for which he used to score goals, Sikhosana pledged his 100% loyalty to his current employers - Tornado. He said: "Yes, I have been a Pirates player for many years but I'm a professional, so come match day my focus will be on Tornado. "I am just grateful that a team I coach will play against a club that made me who I am today.
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TORNADO FC head coach Jerry "Legs of Thunder" Skhosana was not given any mandate by the club owner when he took the job.
But the former Orlando Pirates striker has put his head on the block saying he will guide the ABC Motsepe League East London side all the way to the NFD (National First Division) next season.
"There was no mandate given to me when I joined Tornado but I have one thing in mind, that being to take his team to the NFD."
"That is my own mandate and mission which I strongly believe I will accomplish," said Skhosana. The 45-year-old former goal poacher of note arrived at Tornado towards the end of last season but has since dismantled the club and is building from scratch.
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