JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates mentor Josef Zinnbauer isn't rashly thinking his group has a shot at winning the CAF Confederation Cup subsequent to placing one foot in the gathering phase of the mission.
Subsequent to completing third in the DStv Premiership last term, the Buccaneers equipped for the primer round qualifiers of the Confederation Cup. They began that crusade with a success, vanquishing Angolan side Sagrada Esperanca 1-0 in the main leg away.
Esperanca relinquished the subsequent leg coordinate in South Africa, refering to the country's Covid-19 area of interest status. Privateers were granted a walkover, and were drawn against Jwaneng Galaxy of Botswana in the following round of the qualifiers.
The Sea Robbers controlled their boat to a consistent situation in the principal leg against the Botswanan victors, overcoming them 3-0 away last Sunday with objectives from Thulani Hlatshwayo, Linda Mntambo and Jean-Marc Makusu.
The subsequent leg, which will see the general champs meet all requirements for the gathering phase of the skillet African rivalry, will be organized at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday (5pm commencement). Bucs, however, are not diverted by their robust lead and as of now contemplating the title.
"It's excessively far for us (to consider the title). We had a decent outcome yet we actually have a game on Sunday. So in the event that we win that we actually have the gathering stage crusade. And afterward we'll need to perceive how we'll go from that. We'll need to see it game by game," Zinnbauer said.
"On the off chance that it was conceivable, I figure all the players and mentors on the planet would say 'indeed, we can win the following prize'. In any case, the attention is consistently on the following game. Taking into account that there's an away and home game, that implies there's two possibilities which is acceptable."
Zinnbauer might be new to mainland football with Pirates, yet commander Happy Jele has equipped for at any rate three knockout stages with the group in his 15 years with the club. Jele and Co's most elevated completion in the mainland as of late was arriving at the Confederation Cup last in 2015.
Having lost that last to Etoile du Sahel, Jele will expect recovery. Yet, he also has removed the leaf from Zinnbauer's book, saying they'll actually take the game to Galaxy, in spite of the preferred position from the primary leg.
"We need to dominate the match, that is the main thing. It doesn't make any difference the scoreline that we have. We need to dominate the match and go to the following round. That will bring us certainty since we haven't been steady this season," Jele said.
In their homegrown alliance crusade Pirates have blown hot and cold. In nine group coordinates this year, they won three, drew three and lost three.
That run has put them fifth on the standings with 28 focuses, eight behind pioneers Mamelodi Sundowns who have a game close by.
Zinnbauer, found out if he'll rest some central members against Galaxy to oblige their next group coordinate against second-set SuperSport United on Wednesday, said: "We can't be excessively easygoing. We need to dominate this match and make the gathering stage. At that point after, we can discuss SuperSport."
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