South-Africa

Bucs aiming to make return to CAF Champions League

2018-04-06 13:47
Rulani Mokwena and Milutin Sredojevic (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Although still in with a shot at winning the domestic league title, Orlando Pirates' first objective is to qualify for the 2019 CAF Champions League.

The Buccaneers reached the finals of both the 2013 CAF Champions League and the 2015 Confederation Cup, but have not competed on the continent since. 

But as the current season heads into the final month of the league campaign, Pirates look to have a good chance of earning a spot in continental competition for 2019 as they currently occupy second spot, just a point behind Mamelodi Sundowns.

Bucs head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic is of course a vastly experienced campaigner across the continent and would no doubt love to test himself in the Champions League. Newly arrived Zambian forwards Justin Shonga and Augustine Mulenga should also prove useful additions if the Sea Robbers do make the cut.

"As a club, we want to play continental football," Bucs Administrative Officer Floyd Mbele told SoccerLaduma. "That's a space which we have competed in and done well.

"Playing teams from other African countries is our ambition. We have emphasised this even in the signings we've made.

"Our technical team is well equipped in steering the team towards achieving this ambition. We want to re-establish our footing within Africa once again and this vision serves as a principal item for the club."

A top two finish would bring Champions League football next year, while a third place ending would result in participation in the Confederation Cup.

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