'

Mokwena: Da Silva more than ready for derby

Marcelo da Silva could be in line to start for Orlando Pirates in Saturday's Soweto derby after some impressive outings for the club.

The recently-signed 20-year-old has played in the last three games for Bucs, having made his debut against Golden Arrows at the beginning of October.

He has looked assured in the defence for the Premiership giants, and ahead of this weekend's game, Bucs assistant coach Rulani Mokwena spoke highly of the young defender.

He told the City Press: "He [Da Silva] comes to a completely different environment at a club of this magnitude [Pirates] and then being able to stamp his authority the way he has speaks of his ability to withhold and withstand the pressure – and that’s what the derby is all about."

He added: "If you look at his [Da Silva's] character and personality – put yourselves in his shoes – you're a 20-year-old in a foreign country, you can’t speak a word of English, and you left your family behind and you are about to embark on possibly the biggest step in your football career. The boy has done this with aplomb and with no complaints.

"We expect him to continue playing in more derbies. Maybe this will possibly be one of the many."

Mokwena continued: "We invested in a young boy who we think can lead Pirates to even greater and more successful years in the future. We want to invest more than 90 minutes in him."