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Pirates talk about the difficult conditions they faced in Liberia


Orlando Pirates have started their journey in the CAF Confederation Cup on a great note. This follows after they defeated Liberian side LPRC Oilers by 2-0 this past weekend. Moving to the second leg at Orlando Stadium things might lookup for the Buccaneers. As they will be edging closer to the group stages. Now, the Pirated interim co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has spoken about the difficult conditions they had to face in Liberia that could have easily put them on the back foot. 

The Buccaneers’ goals were scored by Tshegofatso Mabaso and Fortune Makaringe as they made sure that the Soweto giants gain a crucial advantage in the CAF Confederation Cup qualifying rounds. Ncikazi stated that it wasn’t easy as they had to play under substandard conditions in Liberia, but all credit to his charges for pulling an all-important win. “It was not an easy match… it was very hot and the field was a bit smaller than we are used to and a bit bumpy. We had to score. In these African club competitions, it is important to score away. We could have scored more but we are happy with a two-goal difference. It still gives your opponents a chance, we are not taking anything for granted in the second leg,” said Ncikazi speaking to the media.

The former Golden Arrows mentor stated that Oilers’ players posed a threat to the Buccaneers as they were trying to win in their backyard. Ncikazi even said that they will have to plan accordingly for the Liberian outfits in a way that they don’t win the second leg. At the end of the day, Pirates have an advantage ahead of their return leg at Orlando Stadium. “They are a good side, with good players, so we always have to be mindful when they come to South Africa. But at least we have an advantage,” said Ncikazi speaking to the media. 

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Date: 01/12/2021

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