Fernandez happy to face Pirates

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The 35-year-old admits that Matsatsantsa will be "underdogs" against this year’s CAF Champions League finalists, but Fernandez backs his team's prospects on home turf.

"First of all, congratulations to Pirates. They have done extremely well this season, but we are happy with the draw," Fernandez insists.

"The four teams remaining are pretty good and any one of them can win the tournament, so as long as we have a home draw it is a bit of an advantage in that sense. I’m pretty happy," he says.

However, Fernandez admits he is wary of the Mighty Buccaneers who beat Golden Arrows 4-0 on Wednesday night to reach the last-four.

“Right now Pirates are the in-form team and they gave Arrows an absolute hiding. It could have been more than the four goals and sitting there with the crowd, I couldn’t believe what was happening. I saw another 7-1 happening [after Sundowns beat AmaZulu by this score]," Fernandez quips.

"I think Pirates are a fantastic team; they have done a great job and they have great players. We will see what happens when we play them but I know it is always a grudge match when SuperSport play Pirates, so it’s gonna be interesting. 

"We will be the underdogs, but we are playing at home and we will try to convert the Atteridgeville Stadium [Lucas Moripe] into our slaughterhouse if you wanna call it that so we will see how it goes," he concludes.

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