Pirates ‘clueless’ about CAF opponents

2015-04-18 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler admits to knowing very little about tomorrow’s CAF Confederation Cup opponents, FC Mounana.

The Buccaneers will meet the 2011-2012 Gabonese champions in a second-round first-leg clash tomorrow (4.30 pm SA time) at the Stade Augustin Monédan de Sibang in Libreville. Pirates are the only Premier Soccer League club still in contention in Africa after Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns both crashed out of the CAF Champions League.

Tinkler says it has been extremely difficult to find any information on Mounana, and as such could be set to adopt a defensive approach in the away leg.

“We can’t find anything other than on their website which looks like it’s three years old. And it’s in French,” Tinkler was quoted as saying by Business Day.

“If I knew where their strengths and weaknesses lie, then I could prepare for the journey. But right now I need to go there defensive-minded to a degree.

“All I know is that they won 4-0 at home and lost 3-0 away [in the previous round]. Does that mean they are strong at home and poor away from home? Maybe we need to go there and secure a draw and hammer them when we are at home.”

Tinkler believes that Orlando Pirates’ experience of reaching the 2013 Champions League final, where they lost to Egyptian giants Al Ahly, will serve as motivation. The club are also the only South African team to win the Champions League, which they did in 1995.

“The fact that our jersey has the star [for winning the Champions League] is added motivation to the players. As a club, Pirates are highly respected on the continent and that helps us,” he added.

“But also, it’s how serious we are as a club in wanting to progress in the competition. And I have been saying since the draw that we want to go all the way if we can.

“We have got this game now and if we win we have got another round before the group stages. There is still a long way to go, but we have players who have experienced this before.”

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