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The Buccaneers have already started formulating plans to defeat the tough TP Mazembe in the next round of the Caf Champions League

Orlando Pirates' assistant coach Eric Tinkler will be in charge of researching and developing plans to help his side defeat TP Mazembe in the Caf Champions League.

The Democratic Republic of Congo giants have won the competition on four occasions with their last victory coming in 2010. They made history in the same year by being the first African runners-up in the Club World Cup.

Pirates set up the tie with a 3-1 aggregate over Zambian champions Zanaco FC, but will face a far greater challenge against big-spending TP Mazembe.

The DR Congo champions dispatched Botswana's Mochudi Centre Chiefs 7-0 on aggregate after a 6-0 win at home this weekend.

The squad is made up of six Zambian internationals and currently sit sixth in the Super Ligue after two games, with Pirates target Rainford Kalaba being an enormous threat.

"Eric [Tinkler] has been following their games, both in Gaborone and DR Congo on Sunday and we are busy gathering information about TP Mazembe so that we know what to expect when we meet them," Pirates assistant coach Tebogo Moloi told the Sowetan.

"The good thing is that some of their players were here during the Afcon finals, including Zambian Rainford Kalaba.

"It's one hell of a fixture, but for now the focus is on the Absa Premiership campaign. We are away to Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday (tomorrow), which is one game we have to win at all costs to intensify the challenge for the league."