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Josef Zinnbauer warns against complacency ahead of Jwaneng Galaxy clash

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 28: Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer and Captain Happy Jele during the Orlando Pirates virtual press conference on January 28, 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 28: Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer and Captain Happy Jele during the Orlando Pirates virtual press conference on January 28, 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has warned his side against any signs of complacency ahead of this weekend's return-leg clash against Jwaneng Galaxy in the CAF Confederations Cup despite a 3-0 first-leg advantage.

Goals by Thulani Hlatshwayo, Linda Mntambo and on-loan attacker Jean-Marc Makusu handed the Buccaneers a handy three-goal advantage in Botswana in a Valentine's Day clash.

Despite their healthy lead, Zinnbauer warned his squad of any complacency and encouraged his players to finish the job at home in the second leg.

"I think we performed well in the first-leg which put us in a good position for the tie," Zinnbauer said.

"We have to now have a good look at the squad and decide which players need a break, the current injury status of the squad and the fitness levels of the players.

"This weekend's clash will be a tough game, yes we are three goals ahead but in football anything is possible and we need to be careful.

Zinnbauer added that it remains difficult to analyse and plan for their clash against the lesser-known Botswana side and has had to rely on limited footage to study their opponents.

"It's really not been that easy," Zinnbauer added. "We don't easily have access to TV footage or any video analysis so it hasn't been easy to prepare at all.

"Our analysis team has done a great job with providing the analysis they've managed to get which is always vital to the management to prepare ahead of the games with information on our opponents.

"It's still not easy, the clips that you get is maybe not of full games but short clips instead which makes things more challenging. With full games from friendlies, but we know that this is not the same as a competitive fixture.

"But my staff, including Fadlu Davids and Darian [Wilkin] have done a good job of this.

The Buccaneers will be aiming to see out the tie after a healthy aggregate lead before turning their attentions to the Premiership with a clash against SuperSport United.

Kick-off is at 17:00.

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