CAF away point would be big for Pirates, says Zinnbauer

Josef Zinnbauer (Gallo Images)
Josef Zinnbauer (Gallo Images)

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer says a point away from home against Al-Ahli Benghazi in their CAF Confederation Cup clash on Sunday would be a good result.

Pirates currently lead Group A with four points from two games, just one points better off than Enyimba in second and third-placed Al-Alhy.

Zinnbauer will, however, be without a number of key players for the February Stadium clash.

Happy Jele, Innocent Maela, Thabang Monare, Deon Hotto, Thembinkosi Lorch and Thabiso Monyane are all sidelined, while Thulani Hlatshwayo was briefly ill.

Speaking ahead of he game, Zinnbauer said in Goal: "In this tournament an away point is big. It's bigger from the home games when you get three points. Now we have no pressure, a point is always possible in football. The opponent has to win at home so they have pressure unlike us.

"We have a good structure and we have to concentrate on the game model then it is possible to get a point or maybe more and come back home with three points. We will then have a good situation next week so it is important for us to come back with a positive result at home."

Zinnbauer added: "We have players back from the national team and Tyson [Thulani Hlatshwayo] had big stomach problems but I hope it's better now.

"Maela is out, it's not possible that he can play. Hotto is out, he is not in the squad. Monyane is out, he is injured, he has problems with ankles. Monare is out, he has problems with the knee he got a kick in the national team.

"Lorch is out. We have a long list of players out and it is very difficult for us. We know our situation, we had the same problems in the last weeks. The players come back from the national team and now we have to compensate. But we have a squad, we have the quality and I hope we get a good result and a good game. I have information Jele is not available, he is also out."

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