Orlando Pirates will be looking to use their two-goal lead to their advantage when they welcome Al Ahli Tripoli to the Orlando Stadium in the Caf Confederation Cup semi-final second leg on Sunday evening.
The Buccaneers are liking their chances heading into the second leg after they cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Libyan outfit at the Martyrs of February Stadium in Benina this past weekend.
Pirates will now take a two-goal lead into the return goal at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto after two first-half goals from Innocent Maela and Goodman Mosele handed them a positive result away from home in the first leg.
The Orlando Pirates and Al Ahli Tripoli match is scheduled to kick off at 6pm on Sunday.
Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi: “The game is not over, this is just half-time. We are only leading because they can go to South Africa and do the same to us. We will treat the game very seriously because we understand the dynamics of African football, an away goal is very important.
“We will afford them the respect they deserve in the second leg but not to the extent that it alters the way we play and how much we want to impose ourselves on the game, we’ll just prepare for a good team.”
The Buccaneers’ victory over Al Ahli Tripoli in the semi-final first leg played at the Martyrs of February Stadium was the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Mandla Ncikazi and Bernard Simondi are both expected to have full squads for the encounter in Soweto with no injuries or suspensions to report in either camp.
Deon Hotto has gradually lost his form but the Namibian will be relishing the chance to pick up his form in the competition as he looks to score his first goal to add to his five assists.
Mohammad El Fakih is Al Ahli Tripoli’s leading scorer in this competition following his brace against Zanaco FC in the group stages, but the attacking midfielder will have to step up his game and play a crucial role in helping his side overturn their two-goal deficit.
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