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Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi. Photo: @orlandopirates/Twitter

Ncikazi: Pirates achieved the bigger goal with CAF Confed Cup final

Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi is grateful that his charges achieved the bigger goal by reaching the final of the CAF Confederation Cup.

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Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi. Photo: @orlandopirates/Twitter

Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi is grateful that his charges achieved the bigger goal by reaching the final of the CAF Confederation Cup.

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The Soweto giants secured their place in the final following Sunday’s 2-1 aggregate win over Al-Ahli Tripoli in the semi-finals.

Pirates went into the encounter with a two-goal advantage from the first leg, and they could afford to lose by a single goal in the return leg.

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And Ncikazi heaped praise on the Pirates fans who weathered the cold weather to support his team and rally behind it throughout the 90 minutes.

While Pirates lost the second leg 1-0, Ncikazi was just happy that the players achieved the bigger goal which was to make it to the CAF Confederation Cup final.

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This is Bucs’ second CAF Confederation Cup final since 2015, and this time around, they will hope to bring it home.

The final will be played at Nigeria’s Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Friday, 20 May 2022.

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Soweto giants Orlando Pirates will contest this season’s CAF Confederation Cup final after beating Al Aly Tripoli in their semi-final. Photo: Twitter @OrlandoPirates

NCIKAZI REACTS TO ORLANDO PIRATES REACHING CAF CONFEDERATION CUP FINAL

“Let’s thank the players for taking the team into the final. Let’s thank the supporters for coming today – the weather was not the best and one must be grateful,” Ncikazi told reporters.

“It was a tough match. The bigger picture is that we went into the final, could we have done it in a better or cleaner way? Yes, but subconsciously, you could see the scoreline that we had, the dynamics behind this match was affecting our team but we controlled the match well, especially in the second half when we highlighted a few things at the break.

“You could see this team was playing without fear, throwing everything at us. I’m just proud that the team achieved the bigger goal. At the beginning of the competition, if you were to say Pirates were going to be in the final, one would have been grateful.

“Let’s take the bigger picture and work on the small elements that one picked up preparing for Nigeria which is going to be very tough,” concluded Ncikazi.

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