Orlando pirates expects bigger challenge in Zanaco return leg – Pirates coach


ORLANDO Pirates coach Roger de Sa says he expects a bigger challenge in the return leg of the CAF champions’ league match against Zanaco on Saturday evening.
In an interview De Sa said he knew Zanaco had everything to play for and would be difficult to beat.
He said Pirates had a lead to protect and would be under pressure to beat the Zambian champions.
“I think the pitch was a disadvantage to them in Lusaka. I expect a bigger challenge this Saturday. They are a good side with good physique on the ball,” De Sa said.
He said his team would need to improve on its performance after recording a number of consecutive draws in the ABSA premier league.
Pirates has only won one game in their last four competitive matches a 1-0 win against Zanaco at Nkoloma Stadium and have drawn against Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs and Pretoria University in the ABSA premier league.
“Yes we have gone through some bad results and we need to improve on that. We have to start scoring goals. The 1-0 we are carrying is a slight advantage, but I would rather have that advantage than the other way round,” he said.
By press time Pirates was scheduled to face Amazulu in an ABSA premier league fixture in the evening yesterday.
Zanaco has suffered a similar run of results losing three and drawing one out of their last four competitive matches.
Zanaco coach Keagan Mumba is confident his team has a chance of beating Pirates in South Africa.
Mumba said 1-0 defeat was not a big margin to overcome adding that pressure was on the home side especially that they receive a lot of media attention.
He said his team lost the first leg because of giving their opponents a lot of respect.
“For me I think the game against (Mbabane) Swallows was tougher than the Pirates game. We just gave them too much respect, the Mbesumas and the rest,” Mumba said.
Zanaco will play Pirates on Saturday evening at Soccer City stadium hoping to overturn 1-0 defeat.