Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates and Thabo Rakhale of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Chippa United and Orlando Pirates at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth South Africa on 25 February 2018 ©/BackpagePix
Thursday Mar 01, 2018. 10:30
Orlando Pirates defender Innocent Maela says he will not talk to his brother Tsepo Masilela this week ahead of the Soweto Derby.
He said he cannot afford to continue talking to his brother from the opposite camp ahead of a big match such as this one.
The Buccaneers left-back revealed that the encounter against the Naturena-based side is one of the biggest games in his career.
Coach Milutin Sredojevic’s men are fresh from a 4-2 win over Chippa United and Maela will hope to help his teammates bag another win.
On the other hand, Steve Komphela’s troops visit Pirates at the FNB Stadium back of a goalless draw at home to Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend.
“I won’t be calling Tshepo Masilela either,” said Maela to the media.
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“We are brothers and I’m sure at some point there’ll be a call to wish each other luck but beyond that, it’s all about our teams.
“After the game we are family again, but before then...
“It’s a big game against a big team and the tactics will be necessitated by the game situation.
“At times you’ll have to sit back and absorb the pressure. At times you’ll have to apply the pressure - it’s all about reading the situation correctly.”