Cape Town - Orlando Pirates midfielder Mpho Makola says playing
away on the continent can be an intimidating experience.
Makola spoke to Sport24 about the different fans he has
encountered in his Pirates career while playing in the continental
“In some countries it is a bit intimidating, like when we
played Al Ahly, the stadium was so full and all you could see was red,” said Makola.
“When you look around, you try and see if there is a bunch
of supporters wearing black and white but you can’t see anything.
“Even when we played TP Mazembe, those people can sing, that
stadium was full and all we could hear was them chanting.
“With experience, you don’t let it get to your head and you
don’t worry about it that much then it’s okay.
“It’s their culture, they are not just supporters they are
fans, they love their team and they love their football, it is a bit like in
South African teams also use song to combat the nerves and
psyche themselves up for the game, Makola says.
“We sing in the bus on the way to the stadium, even if they
sing louder than us we continue singing.
Pirates play CS Sfaxien of Tunisia in a CAF Confederation
Cup clash on Sunday at 21:15 (SA time).