Kudakwashe Mahachi of Orlando Pirates celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Orlando Pirates and Chippa United at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto on 08 January 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Wednesday Mar 13, 2019. 13:00
Orlando Pirates attacker Kudakwashe Mahachi is confident that the club can pull a rabbit out of the hat and book their place in the Caf Champions League quarterfinals this weekend.
The Buccaneers head to Guinea to face Horoya needing nothing but a win if their are to progress into the knockout stages of the competition, alongside CAFCL holders and Group B winners Esperance de Tunis.
Late goals from Augustine Mulenga and Thembinkosi Lorch rescued a point for Pirates in a 2-2 draw at home against FC Platinum last time out. The result leaves the Soweto giants a point adrift of second placed Horoya who they face in Conakry on Saturday.
“As a team, we wanted to win against FC Platinum after we lost away to Esperance, but as you saw we didn’t start well in the first half and then second half we showed character,” Mahachi told KickOff.com.
“So, we need to go back to the drawing board and push hard as we prepare for Horoya. We need to keep our heads held high and I’m confident we’ll get through [to the quarterfinals].
He continued: "We need to focus and go with a game-plan, which the coaches will give us, but we need to go there and fight like soldiers.
“I know it’s going to be difficult, but we need to show the character that we showed against FC Platinum in the second half and we’ll win the game.”
Pirates beat the same opponents 3-0 in the reverse fixture earlier this year.