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Motale: Pirates can do well at Ellis Park

Orlando Pirates legend Edward Motale is confident his team will perform well at Ellis Park Stadium although he expects slower games.

The Buccaneers were given Ellis Park as their home ground for the rest of the 2019/20 league campaign, which resumes next month, but Motale doesn't think it will negatively impact his team's performances.

"It doesn't matter where Pirates play, even if they were to play in Cape Town, it still wouldn't make a difference," Motale told The Citizen.

"I understand that players have not played in a long time, but they were given proper training programs to follow at home, so, they should be able to play to their best ability."

Motale did, however, concede that it might not be realistic to expect players to play with the same intensity as before, following a four-month hiatus.

"In saying that, I think the games might be a bit slow," he added. "We might not get entertained as much as we want, but the level of competition should be high.

"I call the last few games the battle of the disciplined because everyone was training at home, but at the end of the day, it's all up to the coach, how he was monitoring his players while they were training at home. That is very important."

Pirates will clash with Mamelodi Sundowns on August 11 for their first league game since March.