Ntshumayelo: Orlando Pirates cannot allow Zamalek to dictate the game

The 23-year-old Ntshumayelo admits on the club website that Pirates have been a different side when playing in the Caf Champions League

Orlando Pirates midfielder Thandani “Bibo” Ntshumayelo says he is anticipating a great game this coming weekend, as they welcome Egyptian side Zamalek in the Caf Champions League at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The Buccaneers will be hoping to maintain their number one spot on the Group A log with a win at home, but Ntshumayelo is aware that their Egyptian opponents will also be playing for maximum points.

“I anticipate a great game on Saturday. Both teams come into this match eyeing all three points on offer.

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“As the home team, we need to make sure that we command the game as early as possible. We cannot allow our visitors to dictate proceedings on our own turf,” said Ntshumayelo.

Ntshumayelo was instrumental in Pirates’ famous victory over Al Ahly two weeks ago where he opened the scoring with a sublime finish in the early stages of that game.

The 23-year-old Ntshumayelo admitted that Pirates have been a different side when playing in the Caf Champions League and he is confident that they can go all the way to the final.

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“We have been playing some good football in this competition. I am confident we can continue surprising people in this competition. After all we are not only representing ourselves (as Orlando Pirates) but the nation,” concluded Ntshumayelo.

Ntshumayelo was also included in the Bafana squad for the Mandela Challenge, but he had to be withdrawn together with five of his Pirates teammates due to the club’s involvement in the Caf Champions League.

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