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Makaringe itching to face Sundowns

Orlando Pirates midfielder Fortune Makaringe can't wait to get onto the Dobsonville Stadium pitch on Tuesday night to take on Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership.

The 2019/20 league campaign will resume with Pirates and Sundowns after a five-month hiatus, and Makaringe says he is excited to play again.

"We are all ready and itching to get back to playing the game we love," he told the club's official website. "It has been a while since we last played competitive football but fortunately that time has finally come.

"Preparations have gone well, nothing much has changed in how we prepare. However, to play without fans will take some mental adjusting from our (players) part."

He added: "It's been such a long time since we last played but I believe this break might have served us well, and we can use it to regain the form we had earlier in year.

"I feel the pressure will be more on the teams above and not us as some have already written us off. So we will play minus the burden that the likes of Chiefs and Sundowns will be carrying and this could work in our favour In the remaining matches."

"On a personal level, I'm feeling very good. I'm raring to go. I enjoy playing big games and they don’t come any bigger than against Sundowns."