Rhulani’s warning to Green Eagles


Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena has issued a stern warning to Zambian side Green Eagles ahead of their fixture on Saturday evening.

Pirates will host Eagles for their return leg of their CAF Champions League preliminary round match-up, needing to overturn a 1-0 deficit suffered in Lusaka a fortnight ago.

Having put an end to a three-match losing streak after playing to a goalless draw with AmaZulu in midweek, Mokwena is adamant they are fully prepared for what the competition debutants will bring to Orlando Stadium.

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“We have to win this one, we have to overturn the 1-0 deficit we suffered away in Lusaka. It will be interesting to see what they go with, if it will still be the 4-4-2 formation,” Mokwena told his club’s website.

“Will they still keep Kasebe upfront with Musonda? Will they still go aggressively with the full backs? Either way we will be adequately prepared for them.

“We will analyse the first leg and see where we went wrong and what needs to be done to rectify our mistakes.”

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The first-time head coach has also stressed the responsibility the team has playing in their own backyard and expects The Buccaneers’ faithful to come in their numbers to not make it easy for coach Aggrey Chiyangi’s charges.

“They are coming to Orlando, it’s not an easy place to be and the Ghost will be there in numbers to inspire our boys to pick up their performance and overturn the result,” he added.

“We are very bullish about that, we know what the Champions League means to the Club, to our supporters and the Chairman, and we all know what we need to do in the second leg.

“We carry the responsibility and accept that the performance was not good enough in Zambia. We know that we have to make amends at Orlando, and we will because that is our home.

“It’s important that when they come here, they feel that they have come in for disappointment. It won’t be easy for them.”

Kick-off was initially set for 20h15 but has since been shifted to 21h00.

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