Manyisa: Orlando Pirates win over Al Ahly was no walk in the park

The Buccaneers are top of the Group A log with four points from two matches following their 3-0 win over Al Ahly in Egypt on Sunday

Orlando Pirates midfielder Oupa Manyisa has told the club website that their game against TP Mazembe away from home helped them overcome Al Ahly in Egypt this past weekend.

Pirates stunned the Egyptian giants in their own backyard with three unanswered goals, and Manyisa says they went to Egypt with the same mentality as in their game against Mazembe.

“Football is won on the playing field not off it. We came into this match [against Al Ahly] with the same mentality as in our match against TP Mazembe,” Manyisa told the Pirates website.

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Manyisa said the players are eager to do well in the Caf Champions League, because of the fact that they are representing the entire South Africa.

“The fact that we are representing South Africa and not only ourselves, means that we need to conduct ourselves in the best way possible and I believe we achieved just that,” he said.

The 25-year-old Bafana midfielder added that the 3-nil score line is not the true reflection of the match, as he says Pirates were fortunate to convert their own chances.

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“The score line isn’t a true reflection of the match. This was no walk in the park. Our opposition were very difficult, but fortunately we capitalised on the chances we created.”

Manyisa admits that Pirates were given no chance against Al Ahly, but he believes that was a blessing in disguise as pressure always lies with the home team.  

“We were underdogs going into this match and I guess that is what made it easier for us on the day. We were relaxed ahead of this match, the pressure was always going to be on the hosts,” concluded Manyisa.

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