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Interestingly, the Pirates coach’s statements are contrary to what his boss Josef Zinnbauer feels about the pitch and travel.
Orlando Pirates assistant coach Fadlu Davids refuses to complain about the challenges they have faced in Botswana ahead of Sunday’s Caf Confederation Cup play-off, the first leg against the Jwaneng Galaxy at Gaborone National Stadium. .
The Buccaneers came to Gaborone to face scorching heat and field conditions they are not used to.
With coach Josef Zinnbauer targeting the National Stadium pitch and traveling from Johannesburg as obstacles to victory, Davids does not look for excuses as they seek to reach the group stage.
The Pirates’ assistant coach also says they’ve had plenty of time to prepare for Sunday’s game after their 2-0 Premier Soccer League win over Cape Town last Tuesday.
“It’s always good to have an idea of the field, the conditions, the weather and what we’re going to face on Sunday against the Jwaneng Galaxy,” Davids told the Pirates. media.
“Compared to our previous games, we had four days to prepare, so the players are quite fresh. We are getting used to the heat, getting used to the pitch that is not what we are used to. The players are ready. We are prepared for it.
“We know we came to fight. You know that they are a physical side and we are prepared to achieve a good result in this first leg. The plan is to attack and we cannot play this game in the hope of getting a zero to zero draw or concede.
“We have to go and try to score because it is very important to get that away goal or more. So our plan is definitely to go out and bring the game to them. “
Going into Sunday’s game after last being involved in competitive action five days earlier, the Pirates’ opponent Galaxy hasn’t had much time to gain some fitness.
The Botswana Premier League is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and has not been running since February 2020.
The Galaxy have only managed to play four games since then, including the Caf Champions League games at home and away against the Mamelodi Sundowns.