Former Orlando Pirates captain Edward ‘Magents’ Motale says it will make life easy if his former club get an early goal when they host Libya’s Al Ahly Tripoli in the return leg of the Caf Confederation Cup on Sunday.
The North Africans visit the Bucs trailing 2-0 after losing in their backyard last Sunday.
Motale believes the lead puts Pirates in a good position and has advised them to look for an early goal to unsettle the visitors. An early goal will mean the visitors would have to score at least three goals to go through to the final.
The Sea Robbers will look to finish with a good result at home and proceed to the final that will be played in Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria.
“It makes it easier because they [Pirates] are sitting on two away goals, but it will be easier if they get an early goal to seal the match. For now, the score is still 2-0, and it will change the complexion of the tie if Al Ahly Tripoli scores two goals in Orlando. Now the score is in Pirates’ favour,” said Motale.
Motale captained the side that won the Champions League for Pirates in the mid-90s. He also shared advice on how Pirates should protect their lead. “If Pirates cannot score, they should not allow the other team to score. That will make their life easier because if that team scores one goal, then there is a high possibility that another one will come,” he added.
The Sea Robbers will have the home ground advantage playing in front of the supporters that will be pushing for them to secure the CAF Confederation Cup final berth.
By Kgopotso Makhubu