Former Orlando Pirates defender Edward Motale backs the Buccaneers to beat Esperance de Tunis on Tuesday in their next Caf Champions League group match.
The South African side is away for their Group B clash that is set to take place behind closed doors.
“It’s a boost for Pirates to have the game played behind closed doors,” Motale told Goal.
“However, we need to guard against the fact that the club is not allowed to play in front of their fans and not forget about doing our proper preparation,” Motale added.
Coach Milutin Sredojevic’s men are fresh off a 1-1 draw against rivals Kaizer Chiefs in their Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign and will hope to return to winning ways in the continental competition.
The Serbian boss will also pin his hopes on players such as Thembinkosi Lorch and Xola Mlambo to unlock the hosts’ defence as they look to win their second group match.
“North African clubs rely mostly on their hostile fans for support and to destabilize the opponent, but they can still play football,” said the former Bafana Bafana defender.
“My point is that Pirates must prepare well, at least the technical team is aware of Esperance after playing at Orlando Stadium, their qualities and weaknesses,” he explained.
Moreover, the 1995 Caf Champions League winner added that the Ghost must focus as they are capable of coming back home with the three points.
“Caf has done the job to ban the fans following their investigation and that will help Pirates. The only focus is on the field and it’s eleven against eleven, and they can get a win,” he continued.
“These clubs are usually motivated by their crowds and if they don’t have the support, then it’s a massive boost for Pirates,” reacted the legend.
“I am sure the coaching staff will plan better after a great start so far in the tournament, they have no loss and are yet to concede. We just have to wish them the best of luck. I am also confident they will work hard and get a good result,” concluded ‘Magents’.