Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has issued a stern warning to his players after being drawn against Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca.
The Buccaneers have been drawn to face Raja in the CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinals, something that their coach feels underlines the club’s poor luck when it comes to draws, after being pitted against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup.
Sharing his thoughts with the media, Zinnbauer opened up on what he expects to be a mammoth clash against one of Africa’s biggest clubs in just under two weeks’ time, while sending a clear message to his players.
“Ja, at the moment we are unlucky with draws. If you remember in the Nedbank (Cup) we got Sundowns, which normally for the clubs and the supporters is the best final, but we cannot always get what we want or what we wish for,” he told journalists.
“We got it and the next step for me is now facing one of the best teams in not only in these quarters but in the whole of Africa. I don’t know Raja last year was in the Super Cup final and the year before they won the CAF Champions League. It’s a big team with big supporters at home like Pirates. I think we can compare them to Pirates or with Kaizer Chiefs.
“So yeah, you can say we are unlucky, but on the other hand we turn our focus to a big team. We can’t go into the game being too casual like with the Enyimba match. I will not say they are a small club or a bad team, but normally the performance can be better. We can play better. But Raja, the players know 100% that this is one of the best teams in the whole of Africa and we have to focus, and we can’t be casual in this match,” he explained.
Pirates will take on Black Leopards and Stellenbosch respectively before turning their focus to the Confederation Cup, where they will face Raja on 16 May.