‘We need to show Orlando is a fortress’
Posted: 16 January 2019 Time: 16:55
Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele has urged the club’s supporters to come out in their numbers for the upcoming CAF Champions League clash.
Pirates are set to welcome Guinean side Horoya AC for their second round Group B fixture to the Orlando Stadium on Friday evening, with the contest set to kick off at 18h00.
The Buccaneers were met with a proliferation of support for their opening group clash away to FC Platinum in Bulawayo last Saturday, when they played to a goalless stalemate.
It was a wake-up call as the club experienced a larger crowd in neighbouring Zimbabwe than what they are accustomed to at their own home games in Soweto.
As a result, the club have offered incentives for Bucs supporters who attend their home games throughout the campaign, including cash prizes and collectibles.
“All the fans buying a ticket for each home match, starting this Friday at 18H00 at Orlando Stadium, will be entered into a draw through their ticket number to win one of five R1000 cash prizes, as well as one of five Orlando Pirates jerseys signed by the Captain of the Ship, Happy Jele and his Naval Commander, Milutin Sredojevic,” read a statement on Pirates’ website.
Jele further encouraged the masses to turn their home ground into a fortress throughout their continental campaign, as this could prove pivotal in their hopes of progressing to the Champions League knockout stages.
“We value our fans' everlasting support and hope that this initiative will push The Ghost even more to come in numbers to support our cause,” Jele told his club’s official website.
“We have a crucial match against Horoya at Orlando Stadium on Friday, and this will set the tone for our campaign.
“We need to show the opposition that Orlando is a fortress and that our multitude of supporters is behind the team.”