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Orlando Pirates need to overcome a 1-0 deficit in the second leg of their first CAF Champions League tie, but their head coach doesn’t seem to be too worried…
A single goal from Spencer Sautu was enough to give Green Eagles the advantage going into the second leg later this month, despite the fact that the Buccaneers appeared to dominate large parts of the game.
New signings, Gabadinho Mhango and Kabelo Dlamini, both came on in the second half for their CCL debuts at the club, but weren’t able to help turn the game around as Pirates were forced to return home without the away goal that they will have been craving.
Speaking to Orlando Pirates TV after the game, ‘Micho’ said, “We believe that we have dominated in all aspects of the game, except for one crucial aspect - and that is to put the ball in the net.
“In that regard I will just say that we applied ourselves very well, unfortunately that lapse of concentration at the start of the second half, when we had a clear situation on one side, losing the ball in the most important area of defensive midfield. Deflection of the shot, bringing the opponent player in the position to place the ball in the net.
“We need to prepare ourselves, our chances are absolutely realistic, and those chances we shall do anything possible with performance - not talking - on the field of play.
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“We will host in the possible way Green Eagles in South Africa, and let the football be the winner. We believe we have what it takes to get the result to take us to the second round.”
The second leg will take place at Orlando Stadium on August 23, with the Ghost hoping to see their side bounce back and get the win they require in order to progress in the competition.