Pirates aiming to lift Confederation Cup despite setback

CAF Confederation Cup

Interim coach Mandla Ncikazi has insisted that Orlando Pirates are aiming to go all the way in lifting the prestigious CAF Confederation Cup, despite a recent Group B defeat to Al Ittihad on Sunday.

The Buccaneers suffered a dramatic 3-2 defeat in Libya at the Martyrs of February Stadium to dent their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.

Ncikazi's side still lead the group standings having played one game more than Sunday's opponents in second position.

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"We want to qualify for the quarter-finals," Ncikazi said.

"Last season we advanced to the quarter-final stage and we now want to go all the way and win the tournament or reach the semi-finals or finals.

"We know it's not going to be easy, especially against these teams from North Africa but we just have to take it one game at a time."

"Our ambition is, for now, to just advance to the next round."

Pirates next face Eswatini side Royal Leopards at the Mbombela Stadium in their third group stage fixture on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 18:00.

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