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Former Orlando Pirates striker James Mothibi says “tactical” ES Setif “had a defensive plan” which worked well to deny the Soweto giants maximum points in Wednesday’s Caf Confederation Cup clash in Ghana.It was a goalless affair as both sides struggled to score the entire evening at Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra.
Algerian side Setif were the home side and Mothibi says a point on the road is commendable for Pirates who met a team with a well-organised defence.
“I played in the Caf tournaments and I know how difficult it is to play in countries like West or East Africa,” said Mothobi as per Phakaaathi.
Meanwhile, Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer faces a tough situation as he goes into battle with a severely depleted squad.
The Buccaneers will be without captain Happy Jele, Innocent Maela, Thabang Monare, Deon Hotto and Thabiso Monyane as the injury woes add to a season where Pirates have been battling fitness issues, especially up front.
Vice-captain Thulani Hlatshwayo is expected to be back, while Thembinkosi Lorch is still out.
It is not yet clear if goalkeeper Richard Ofori will be available for the match after missing the team’s last two games, as well as Ghana’s recent international matches.
Siyabonga Mpontshane has been preferred by coach Zinnbauer of late and could guard goal on Sunday.Also, the fitness status of Frank Mhango and Jean-Marc Makusu has not been updated as the two have been battling injuries of late.
Sunday’s match will be the first time for a Libyan club to host a Caf club match since 2010.
The North African country has not been able to host international matches due to a volatile political situation.It is also the first-ever meeting between Pirates and Al Ahli Benghazi.