Micho dreams of Pirates, Downs CAF final

CAF Champions League

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Both PSL giants begin their Champions League campaigns on Wednesday, as Pirates host Light Stars FC from Seychelles while 2016 champions Sundowns are away to Leones Vegetaranios in Equatorial Guinea.

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Pirates are making a return to the Champions League for the first time since losing to Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the 2013 final. If both teams were to get to the final, then it would be a battle to see who gets the second star first.

"We want to qualify for the group and [going forward] I pray may God give to us a CAF Champions League final of Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates. Let this wish become a reality," 'Micho' said.

"I have absolute trust and belief in our players, in the work we do and support we have from our management and supporters. I have absolute respect to Sundowns for what they have done, what they are and what they will still do. I believe all the ingredients are there [for a Pirates and Sundowns final]. I wish it really happens and I believe everybody would be proud."

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Seeing how Bafana Bafana were held to a goalless draw by Seychelles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last month, Micho says he will not make the mistake of underestimating their opponents tomorrow.

"[The] time has come where you cannot underrate anyone. We have seen how Bafana Bafana lost a crucial two points [against Seychelles]. This is a warning sign to us not to underrate the team of Lightstars, but to give them deserved respect. In the game of football today you have no right to underestimate anyone," the former Ugandan national team coach said.

"We will give them respect, but at the same time we must show the arrogance of who we are. We are Otlando Pirates and we represent South Africa, this great nation."

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