Turning point for Pirates

2013-04-19 13:46

Orlando Pirates chairperson Irvin Khoza has urged his players to rise to the occasion when they host TP Mazembe in the CAF Champions League tomorrow.

Pirates have not been too good recently in the domestic league, failing to win in six matches, but Khoza believes tomorrow’s game at Orlando Stadium will be the turning point.

“We regard tomorrow’s game as a big test of character, but I have no doubt they will do well. Since 2010 we have been playing non-stop football, which has resulted in some casualties. But, during our induction, we did tell the players what it takes to play for Orlando Pirates and the importance of participating in the Champions League,” said Khoza.

He, however, said playing against a team with a rich history like Mazembe would not be easy.

“They are no ordinary team, as they have won the tournament and have good players, but I believe our players will be up to the task, because this is the opportunity for them to prove what we expect from them.”

He said Pirates should do the job at home because it would not be easy away, in Lubumbashi, where they would be playing on Astro Turf.

Khoza also convey his good luck message to SuperSport United, who are away in Egypt playing against Enppi tonight in the Confederations Cup.

The PSL boss said it was important for South African teams to do well in continental competitions, as they affect their rankings.

“Players must understand that it is in the interest of our country for us to do well there as it determines how many spots we get. We have done in the past, but then there was a lull, hence we only have one spot at the moment, but we need to change that.”

He said it was not good for the PSL to be regarded as the best league on the continent while the teams were not doing well on the field.

“For the credibility of the league, we must do well in these competitions,” said Khoza.

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