After the epic battle between South and North this past weekend at the Orlando Stadium which played out to an enthralling one-all draw; African giants Orlando Pirates and Étoile Sportive du Sahel are set to lock horns once again.
The second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup Final is scheduled to be played in Sousse, Tunisia on Sunday, 29 November 2015. Kick-off is set for 19h30, with the entire continent excited over the potentially explosive crescendo that will see the conclusion of the ongoing feud of technique versus flair finally settled.
The Mighty Buccaneers will have a mountain to climb if they are to taste Championship glory and reach the summit of African Football, a feat which will require a herculean effort from the entire team.
Orlando Pirates forwards Kermit Erasmus and Mpho Makola are among those who have put up their hands and accepted the challenge.
“It’s no secret that by conceding at home we gave them the advantage and we are also aware that they are a very good team at home. Like most North African teams, they have good technical ability and they are tall however that does not make them better than us. We have skill, speed and agility on our side. The fact that there is a bit of added pressure makes no difference, we are professionals and we know how to deal with it. Personally I welcome it because it drives me to be a better player. My job is to score goals and that is just what needs to be done period”, said Erasmus.
“When the class of ’95 went to Abidjan, they had conceded two goals at home, the guys believed and backed themselves to do the impossible and all it took was just one goal and the rest is history. This group of players has some of the best players in the country, and we have given everything through our current CAF journey and now we have nothing to lose. We simply have to go there and get back that away goal”, added Erasmus.
“We have been working hard and just preparing for the second leg. The Technical team has taken us through the video analysis from the past game and we have worked on a plan. We have seen that they have weaknesses which we did not exploit the last time and now we have to apply ourselves better to make them count”, added Makola.
“Look nothing is cast in stone; they still need to score at home if they want to win the final. We are also aware that it’s always difficult to play at home when you have to score and not concede at the same time. We will look to catch them out on that. We are going out there to do our best and if we keep focused we too can achieve the impossible just like the class of ’95”, concluded Makola.
Thandani Ntshumayelo is automatically suspended for this second leg final (Match #140) for having received two cautions in two different matches in the frame of this competition (Match #139 and #136).