Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer believes his troops were worthy winners against Botswana champions Jwaneng Galaxy in a Caf Confederation Cup encounter at Orlando Stadium on Sunday evening.
Unlike in the first leg, Galaxy actually gave Pirates a run for their money in the return leg but in the end the ‘Buccaneers’ won 4-0 on aggregate and booked their place in the Confed Cup group stage.
Zinnbauer said Galaxy had their moments – but, for the most, Pirates had their measure, and the victory was well-deserved.
“I am happy that we are in the group stage and I think the result was deserved. They were good, defensively and offensively,” said Zinnbauer.
“But it is not always easy for the players, they knew they had a good result in the bag (first leg), but we are happy.
“We have to fight in the group stage, we know it won’t be easy as you always have a Champions League opponent in the group… all teams have a chance to win this cup.
“We cannot say it will be easy and take it too casually, we have to be strong as all the teams are good at this stage of the competition,” concluded the German coach.
The Soweto giants started their Confed Cup campaign against Angolan side Sagrada Esperanca last year December, walking away with a 1-0 win in the first-round first-leg game in Luanda.
Bucs won the tie on a walkover after Esperança withdrew from the second-leg match in South Africa, citing health concerns due to Covid-19.
Zinnbauer’s men reached the group stage without conceding a single goal in the qualifying rounds.
The draw for the group stage will be held today in Cairo, Egypt.
Pirates will be back in the league on Wednesday evening as they take on SuperSport United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi
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