Monday Aug 12, 2019. 14:30
Green Eagles coach Aggrey Chiyangi has praised the way his side held their structure and shape against South African side Orlando Pirates in Saturday’s 1-0 CAF Champions League victory in Lusaka.
The Zambian side will take the advantage to the return leg at the Orlando Stadium in a fortnight, where they will seek to frustrate the Soweto giants and seal a shock passage into the first round proper of the competition.
Spencer Sautu scored the only goal of the game in the second half as Eagles claimed the famous win.
“It was a tough game because Pirates are an experienced team and have been playing in these championships for a long time,” Chiyangi told reporters.
“What was important for us was to have a good plan that can unsettle them and that is what we did.”
Pirates dominated possession, but Chiyangi says the fact that they were able to do little with it is testament to the effort put in by his players.
“I was not concerned about the possession. When I talk about experience, that is what an experienced team will do, keep possession. The only thing I was worried about is I didn’t want them to get through-passes past our defence,” continued the coach.
“We said, ‘let them have one million passes in front of the midfield, but not the back four’. If they start penetrating the last line of defence, then we get concerned.
“That is the biggest fight we will have [in the second leg], because when we go to South Africa they [Pirates] are going to increase the pace, so we need to find a way of closing the gaps.”
Chiyangi denied that they would go to Orlando to ‘park the bus’ and insists they will try to attack their opponents.
“When you lose the ball you defend, when you regain possession you start attacking and that is how we are going to play,” he concluded.