Happy Jele: Orlando Pirates are ready for battle in the Soweto Derby

Amakhosi, who have blown hot and cold this season, are keen to end Bucs' recent dominance in the Soweto Derby, but their rivals are confident

Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele says his troops are brimming with confidence ahead of their titanic clash with Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

The two Soweto rivals are scheduled to clash in an eagerly-anticipated Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at the iconic FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

“We are well prepared and ready for the battle," Jele said at the Soweto Derby press conference in Parktown, Johannesburg.

The Buccaneers are hoping to secure their third successive win over Amakhosi in all competitions this season.

"My fellow players are well aware of what is at stake and need no motivation from anyone," he continued.

Jele, who missed Bucs' Caf Champions League clash with Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis last weekend, is expected to return to the team's starting line-up.

"These derbies are self-motivating for players of both sides,” he added.

The 32-year-old player is set to make a record-extending 25th Soweto Derby appearance as the most capped Pirates player in the fixture.

His counterpart at Chiefs, Willard Katsande feels that his side stands a good chance of defeating Pirates under German coach Ernst Middendorp.

“We may have been blowing both hot and cold," Katsande told the media at the gathering.

"But overall the team is in good shape and highly receptive to the aspirations and instructions of the coach,” Katsande added.

The Zimbabwean midfield maestro is expected to captain Chiefs against Pirates in the absence of Itumeleng Khune, who is nursing a long-term injury.