Following a three-year absence in continental club football, Orlando Pirates are set to redeem their status as one of the biggest clubs in Caf Champions League in a month's time.
According to one of club's biggest supporters, Dejan Miladinovic, Pirates must do well in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for them to do well on the continent when the tournament starts.
“I think the Champions League is completely different from the PSL and we need to do well this time around because it's been a while since playing in it,” Miladinovic told Goal.
“However, we have to see how the technical team plans and it will also depends on the outcomes of the draw, but we are experienced in the competition,” said the prominent supporter.
“Yes, the fact that Pirates is one of the big clubs in the coninent doesn't guarantee a smooth campaign because there are no small teams anymore and there will be surprises, that is why we have to do welll,” he explained.
Miladinovic also touched on the contribution from experienced players such as skipper Happy Jele, Thabo Matlaba and Thamsanqa Gabuza whom he says must lead the new look Buccaneers' side.
“We are experienced in such tournaments, but in the group stages there will be luck involved. Guys like Matlaba, Gabuza, and Jele will have a responsibility of guiding the young ones who will participate for the first time in their careers,” he urged.
Moreover, the Serbian national also challenged PSL clubs to think of accomodating fans to rally behind the clubs when traveling to play away games.
The PSL is set to be represented by the Ghost and Mamelodi Sundowns in the Champions League whilst Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars will compete in the Caf Confederation Cup which is set to start in November.
“South African football will grow again because the big three are all playing in the continent...but I also hope to see the clubs taking the supporters to Africa,” continued the Buccaneers die hard.
“It is not easy going out there to play away games in front of a packed stadium. I hope our clubs will consider taking perhaps 100 fans and rotate to give all the fans a chance as the campaign progresses – I will be happy,” he concluded.