Cape Town - Eric Tinkler says that Orlando Pirates have big aspirations for the upcoming CAF Confederations Cup.
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Whilst most teams are solely focused on the resumption of the League, the Buccaneers are looking to mount another assault on the African Club summit, this time in the form of the CAF Confederations Cup.
The Soweto Giants, who reached the final of the CAF Champions League, will be eyeing nothing less than first prize.
During the mid-season break the Buccaneers have locked horns with four teams from outside our borders, in Sagrada Esperanca (Mozambique); Grupo Desportivo Interclube de Luanda, Bilankulu 11, and Petro Atletico (all Angola).
“It is no secret that Orlando Pirates is a big team with aspirations to compete and win on the continent,” said Tinkler to the clubs official website.
“With our CAF Confederations Cup campaign kicking off in March we have to do our best to prepare the team; it’s an entirely different ball game out there.”
He added: “We have to be cognisant of the fact that we have to draw from the experience of the players who went all the way (to the Champions League Final) in 2013.
“We also have new guys that have to get used to the way we play, and also how we approach matches both locally and in CAF. We wanted them to get used to the physicality of African opposition; an objective I feel we are well on our way to achieving.”