Chansa eyeing another milestone

2012-03-02 12:04

In the unlikely event of Orlando Pirates overturning a 3-1 Caf Champions League first leg deficit against Angolan side Recreativo do Libolo, midfielder Isaac Chansa would be few games closer to the likelihood of attaining a rare feat.

Pirates take on Recreativo tomorrow in Calulo in Kwanza Sul province at 4pm.

Chansa, who was in the Zambian team that won the the African Cup of Nations trophy three weeks ago, could become the only Southern Africa player to be a continental champion at both country and club level in the same year.

But Chansa’s chances of attaining this distinct milestone hang in the balance after Pirates’ heavy defeat in the first leg two weeks ago.

All odds are against Pirates proceeding to the next round of the tournament, unless they beat the Angolan side by three clear goals.

Even loyal Bucs supporters have already given up hope that their team could turn things around.

Coach Jairo Leal is under pressure to deliver the Champions League, as he was specifically brought in for that but it looks like a distant dream for the Brazilian.

Before jetting out of the country on Wednesday, Leal was optimistic that his club could still progress further in the tournament.

For Pirates to do that, the likes of Benni McCarthy and Chansa will need to convert their chances, unlike in the first leg when the team misfired in front of goals.

It has not been easy for Pirates recently as goals have been hard to come by. But McCarthy has come to the party with two goals in as many games and his Uefa Champions League experience will come in handy tomorrow.

Pirates are hoping to add a second gold star on their jersey as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations.

They last won the tournament in 1995.

Meanwhile, Black Leopards will also be hoping to fly the country’s flag high when they play Zimbabwean side Motor Action at Rufaro Stadium in Harare on Sunday. The two teams played a 1-all draw a fortnight ago.

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