Zanaco FC will need two goals in order to overcome Pirates 1-0 lead in their CAF Champions League tieOrlando Pirates will need to forget their current league struggles when they face Zanaco FC in the CAF Champions League on Saturday night. The Buccaneers hold a 1-0 lead in the tie, after Ndumiso Mabena scored an early away goal in Zambia to give Pirates a slight edge after the first leg in Zambia.
Roger de Sa will need to spur his troops on, as they have failed to secure maximum points in the PSL for the last five outings and have struggled to score goals on a consistent basis.
Zanaco FC face similar problems, as they have crashed out of the title race in Zambia and suffered an embarrasing cup defeat in the recent weeks. But Zanaco FC coach Keagan Mumba is confident that his charges can pull off a surprise result in South Africa, blaming nerves for the 1-0 defeat a home.
"We gave them too much respect in the first leg. We lost the ball too easily and basically gave them that goal; they did not work for it. My boys were nervous at the beginning and they also lacked match fitness. Things have changed since then and we are a better side,” he told reporters.
“History will count for nothing in this game. We just have to go out and win this match and we have done all that needs to be done to prepare; we are in good stead to achieve that.
“The stadium will also work to our advantage because the boys will be motivated to play well in such a magnificent stadium,” he concluded.
Roger de Sa will be pleased to welcome back Siyabong Sangweni into the fold which should help stabilise Pirates' leaky defense. But the Pirates' coach will hope his side can find their killer touch in front of goal, which has deserted them throughout the season due to long-term injuries and lack of confidence.
The coach has his sights set on the CAF Champions League and will hope that a victory against Zanaco on Saturday will help his side regain their loss of confidence.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Pirates won the Caf champions league in 1995, and reached the semifinals of the same competition over five seasons ago.
- Onyekachi Okonkwo has won the CAF Champions League on two occasions.
- Zanaco FC topped the Zambian league on seven occasions between 2002 and 2012, and are the current champions of the 2012 MTN FAZ Championship.
- Takesure Chinyama is the leading goalscorer in the competition, with five goals from merely three games so far.