Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi says an away goal for Al Ahli Tripoli in their second-leg Caf Confederation Cup semi-final will change the dynamic’s of the encounter.
Pirates may seemingly have one foot in the final following their 2-0 victory against Al Ahli in the semi-final first leg away, but coach Mandla Ncikazi insists they will have to treat the return leg seriously to avoid any complacency.
“The game is not over, it is halftime. We are only leading and when we get back home, we will treat the match very seriously,” Ncikazi told the media after the match in Libya.
“It is important to understand the dynamics of African football. A goal away is important. One, we will treat the match as 0-0 and respect them because they are a good team.
“Try and progress to the next round. But we are not going to change anything by doing less, but we are just going to prepare for a very good team.”
It was one of the best performances Pirates showed this season and Ncikazi was pleased with the attitude his players showed.
“We played a very good team in Tripoli tactically. They can play direct, they are very skillful but one must give credit to our players,” he said.
“I’m just happy and proud of our team for the win away from home. It was important to score and get a result.
“I thought we should have scored more goals. I thought we applied ourselves so well against a good team.
“I’m just proud of the team today that they came to the party and executed what we expected from them. I’m just greedy because we should have scored more goals so we know we are settled.”
Ncikazi added that they won’t do anything differently in their preparations for the return leg.
“I’m gracious, we are still having the two goals and we just have to work on that and try to get into the final by playing well at home.
“CAF competition is different from the league. We are also in the same situation as to how we perform in the league and this competition.
“So we don’t want to be surprised, we are just going to prepare normally. We are going to prepare for the champions of Libya because we say they are a threat.”
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