Check Out What This Pirates Star Had To Say About History Just Before The Confederation Cup Final.
Pirates star: We would like to be known for our contributions as well.
Deon Hotto, the captain for the Orlando Pirates, has the desire to win the Confederation Cup because he is motivated by the possibility of having his class remembered in the same manner as the class of 1995 is still spoken about up to this day.
At the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria on Friday night (21h00), Pirates will play the decider against RS Berkane of Morocco in the hopes of erasing the pain of a dismal domestic campaign by at least finishing with a trophy.
"We hope that people will remember us. "We want to be in the history books," Hotto adds, emphasizing just how badly they want to step up on the platform as champions. "We want to be in the history books."
The Buccaneers are competing in their second consecutive championship game after finishing in second place in the previous tournament in 2015.
Their followers still take pleasure in the fact that they won the Champions League in 1995 when the league was still known as the African Cup of Champions Clubs. Despite the fact that they also lost in the final nine years ago, their fans still take pride in their accomplishment.
In spite of the fact that it is a lower-level tournament, the Confederation Cup has a prize pool worth around R20 million, and the winner receives the opportunity to compete in the CAF Super Cup against the champions of the Champions League.
"On Friday, we will undoubtedly bring a smile to the faces of our devoted fans when we hoist the Confederations Cup trophy.
"We can't walk out there and say, 'oh, we made it to the final, and now we're simply there.' That's not how it works. First things first, we have to take care of business. Our mission is straightforward: we travel to the location in question, conduct the necessary business, and leave satisfied. We are not going to be attending the event.
"The impact (of winning the trophy) is significant; but, for us as players, all that is required of us is to go out there and get the job done. The only thing left for us to do is go there and win it for him (team chairman Irvin Khoza), for the fans, and for our families.
"Because we have gained a great deal of knowledge and now have the necessary experience, we are now competing in the championship round. We know for a fact that we will compete against a squad that possesses strong technical ability and a capable coach, and as a result, we have prepared ourselves accordingly.
When I first joined the Pirates, my goal was to come to this tournament and bring a trophy home for the squad.
"This is my second year, and the MTN8 championship was ours to claim last year. Now that the league, Nedbank, and MTN8 cups are all over with for this season, the only thing that is left for us to play for is the Confederations Cup; thus, we have to give it our best in order to win it.
"We will feel at home because all of the Nigerians will support us since we have a brother (Olisa Ndah) like him who is playing for the team, so we'll be at home," Olisa Ndah said. "We will feel at home because all of the Nigerians will support us." When we get there, we will have the feeling of being at home.
There is no need to feel obligated. My role as a midfielder is that I provide assistance to my teammates whenever possible, as well as score goals and subsequently aid with defense. According to Hotto, there won't be any noticeable change on Friday night since I will give my all alongside my teammates and perform to the highest of my abilities.
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