Fadlu Davids thinks it will be an uphill task for Orlando Pirates to take on Al-Ittihad, but says playing on familiar ground will make it a little easier for them.
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Bucs will meet Ittihad in a Group B clash of the Café Confederation Cup on Sunday at the Martyrs Of February stadium in Libya.
Pirates played at exactly the same location against Al-Ahly Benghazi last season, where they were able to walk away by a point after a goalless draw in the Confed Cup group stage.
“It is a very difficult opponent that we will face, but what is known is that we are going to the same stadium where we played against Al-Ahly Benghazi last season. That way we know where we are going and what kind of field we are going on.” It’s now putting the finishing touches on the details of the team, how they play and how we can approach the game. But it’s going to be a tough game,” Davids said this week.
With almost all of the club’s players fully fit again, the competition for a spot in the starting lineup is very high, which is a positive sign for Davids.
“This is the first time we have 95-98% player availability. Everyone is back and you could see a difference in the practices where everyone is fighting for a place and in the first lap we didn’t have that. Many players were not available and the team is moving in the right direction.”
The Buccaneers head to North Africa after a positive start to the new year, with the Soweto giants noting two wins and one draw in their last three games.
One of their victories came at the hands of Algeria’s JS Soura in their opening match of the continental tournament, where they came away 2-0 winners at home.
The Soweto giants currently lead the Group B standings by three points and they will certainly aim for maximum points or at least a point away from home to extend their lead.