Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi has highlighted what will be important in this evening’s CAF Confederation Cup semi-final match against Libyan club Al Ahli Tripoli.
Pirates are in Benghazi and play the first leg of this last four contest at the Martyrs of February Stadium (18h00) faced with the expectation of grinding a result that will leave them in a favourable position for the return leg in Soweto next Sunday.
The continent’s second-tier competition is the only trophy that Pirates can still win this season after making a melee of their domestic campaign.
Ncikazi has studied their opponents and goes into the match with the plus of having played at this venue before when they met Al-Ittihad in the group stages.
"We have played here before and we just have to impose our game when we have the ball while we adapt to their game when we don’t have the ball," says Ncikazi.
"The most important thing is to score here and get a result so that when we go back home, we can at least have the comfort of having scored away from home.
"It does give us an advantage that we have been here before and we have played on this artificial turf although they have changed the surface a bit.
"I think the adaptation will be better than the first time although we are playing two different teams. This one is more tactically very good,” he says while noting his analysis of the opposition.
"Very disciplined in attack and very disciplined in defence.
"We just have to deal with that game of theirs and adapt quickly but again we have a very good team that can adapt to such situations," he says.
This evening’s match will be played in front of empty seats with Libyan clubs still allowed to have fans by CAF for their home games despite the rest of the continent now allowing fans back at stadiums.
"At this stage we just have to focus on winning the match. We have played in a full stadium and played in empty stadiums, but I think it is better to play in an empty stadium away from home," says Ncikazi.
Pirates captain Happy Jele also added that they are in Libya for a good result having done their analysis on the opponent that they will face and will be prepared for whatever is thrown at them.
The winner of the Pirates and Al Ahli tie will meet either Congolese heavyweights TP Mazembe or RS Berkane from Morocco in the final on May 29.