Cape Town - Orlando Pirates midfielder Mpho Makola says reaching the
group stages of the CAF Champions League is imperative as it affords coach
Milutin Sredojevic the chance to rotate the squad.
Makola has not been a regular in 2018/19 domestically but
has been named the club's captain for Pirates in the CCL up to now.
Bucs started this season's edition with a routine victory
over Light Stars from the Seychelles, however, they now face a sterner test
against Namibia's African Stars on Saturday.
Pirates drew the opening game against Southern African
minnows African Stars 0-0 meaning they are under pressure for this weekend's
First Round second leg tie at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.
The 32-year-old, who was in the 2013 squad which lost in the
final to Al Ahly in 2013, told reporters: "I know the feeling well.
"It has been our target to get that far, we did not say
we want to win.
"We said we want to get to the group stages because we
have a new crop of players that aren't usually used to this. It will be a great
"Going through obviously means the coach (Micho
Sredojevic) has to rotate the team once in a while for some of us to get game
time. So it's really important to reach the next stage of the