Cape Town - Orlando Pirates have jetted off from the OR
Tambo International Airport this morning en route to the Republic of Congo
where they will take on AC Leopards over the weekend,
On Saturday the Mighty Buccaneers will kick-off their group
stage campaign of the 2015 CAF Confederations Cup with a tough encounter
against 'The Beasts from Niari'.
According to the clubs website, this will be their second time in Congo in two years.
Having played Leopards back in the 2013 CAF Champions League, Eric Tinkler, who was assistant coach at the time, believes that the
experience gained in 2013 will put his charges in good stead this time around.
“The match against Leopards won’t be easy,” confessed
“However, the fact that we have played in Congo before will prepare us
better than when we met in 2013.
If you recall we lost 1-0 in that match but
now I believe we will be in a better position to compete as we now know what to
expect from our opposition when they play in front of their home crowd.”
During the 2013 Champions League campaign, Pirates and
Leopards met twice, with the Congo based outfit registering a narrow 1-0
victory and one goalless draw at Orlando Stadium.
The match over the weekend will be played at the
20000-seater, Denis Sassou Nguesso, Dolisie Stadium.
Kick-off is 16:30.