THE Premier Soccer League (PSL) is bringing all Orlando Pirates matches forward after their exit in the Caf Champions League.
The PSL is now aligning them to play the same games like other teams in the league who are not competing in the Africa.
The only clubs who will be excused are Mamelodi Sundowns, who are through to the next stage and TS Galaxy, who are also through to the next stage of the Caf Confederations Cup.
Bidvest Wits were surprisingly given the bye in the preliminary rounds.
Pirates had no domestic matches in the Caf dates in the fixtures released by the PSL.
The Buccaneers crashed out in the Africa’s premier club competition in the preliminary stages at the hands of Zambian side Green Eagles.
They lost 2-1 on aggregate score. Pirates next league match was supposed to be on the 21 September against Bidvest Wits, but now they’ll face Chippa United on 14 September because the team from Port Elizabeth had no match in that week.
The Pirates match against Chilli Boyz was initially set to be played on the 23 October at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
On 13-15 September is the first leg of round 16 of both the Champions League and Confed Cup and the second leg is on the weekend of 27-29 September.
“Our match against Pirates has been brought forward and we’ll face them on the 14 September,’’ Chippa United official Lukanyo Mzinzi.
Bucs will feel hurt to have crashed out at such stage of the Champions League as former coach Milutin Sredojebvic had prioritise this competition before he shocked the football fraternity by resigning two weeks ago.
Pirates played ten games last season’s competition, losing in the group stages after failing to beat FC Platinum (Zimbabwe at home and away), Esperance (of Tunisia at home and away) and Horoya of Guinea away in the last group match.