Orlando Pirates are set to take the first step to winning the CAF Champions League title for the second time in their history without the services of goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs.
Josephs has joined Happy Jele and Teko Modise on the injury list, but coach Ruud Krol is hoping the trio recover in time for the Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium next Saturday.
However, despite the absence of Modise, Jele and Josephs, Bucs appear to have enough ammunition to shoot down their opposition and move on towards reclaiming the trophy they last won in 1995 when they beat Asec Mimosa in Abidjan.
Krol confesses to knowing nothing about Gaborone United, but believes his squad will do business this afternoon.
“We don’t know much about our opponents; all I have been able to do is get my hands on some DVDs,” revealed the Dutch legend. “It’s a Champions League match and we will take everything seriously from start to finish.”
According to reports from Botswana, the host side is depending on last season’s star performers, Ofentse ‘Size 10’ Nato, Sageby Sandaka, Steven Maposa and Zambian forward Ronald Chikomo to shock their visitors.
Zambian coach Manfred Chabinga said his boys are raring to go, but that Sandaka and Tumisang ‘Butcher’ Sekanonyana would have to pass a late fitness test while Bosarutweng ‘Booster’ Magola is a doubtful starter as he battles with an ankle injury.