Orlando Pirates’ CAF Confederations Cup semi-final opponents Al Ahli Tripoli have been boosted in their preparations with the latest official announcment to the club as a daunting away trip awaits the Soweto giants.
Following their 4-3 victory on penalties against Tanzania’s Simba at Orlando Stadium last weekend, the Buccaneers qualified for the semi-finals of the continental competition much to the delight of the club’s supporters who are hoping that the team goes all the way and wins the trophy under co-coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids.
However, as was the case against Simba in Tanzania where they played in front of a packed stadium, Bucs could expect a similar situation after the latest announcement that Ahli has been allowed to have their supporters at the stadium to back the team.
Like Simba, Ahli have a huge following which can unsettle the Mzansi side away from home, especially as the team might go to the fixture with their confidence levels at a minimum after failing to score in their last three matches in the league against Baroka FC, Chippa United and TS Galaxy.
Moreover, Ncikazi has been under added pressure in the Pirates host seat after some of his utterances in the media, including his criticism of tactics applied by Simba in their home match, as well his comparison of Bucs and Mamelodi Sundowns’ players in relation to the recent signings made by the two clubs.
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