Orlando Pirates vs Horoya
The Buccaneers (Orlando Pirates) are currently third in Group B of the Caf Champions League, a point behind Saturday’s opponents, whom they brushed aside at Orlando Stadium in January, cruising to a 3-0 victory which saw them top the standings.
However, things have changed drastically in two months, and the Soweto giants’ particiation in the continent’s premier club competition hangs by a thread after a string of disappointing results.
The win over Horoya remains Pirates’ sole victory in the group stage as they have collected two draws at home with a 2-0 defeat away to defending champions Esperance nestled in between.
The most recent of those stalemates came against the unfancied FC Platinum from Zimbabwe, who raced to a 2-0 lead at Orlando Stadium before the hosts clawed their way back with two goals of their own.
Despite the uphill climb his men now face, coach Milutin Sredojevic was still full of belief ahead of the do-or-die encounter.
“Everyone wrote off Manchester United going to Paris,” the Serb said.
“Everyone wrote off Ajax Amsterdam going to the Santiago Bernabeu (vs Real Madrid). This means in football it is possible.
“One thing I have always respected with South African teams … and I remember my first away trip with Pirates‚ where Lucky Lekgwathi scored a free-kick, and we drew 1-1 against Enyimba in Obuasi‚ Nigeria.
“It means that South African players‚ when the chips are down‚ have a very big heart‚ they have lungs to run‚ they have balls to not fear anything.
“They have the legs to play. But before anything, they have the head to think and be the command centre of their performance.”Milutin Sredojevic
Kick-off time and where to watch
Date: Saturday, 16 March
TV and live stream: Not televised
Source; The South African
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