NJABULO NGIDI
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7 Nov 2013
6:00 am

‘Fans won’t stop Pirates getting a result’

NJABULO NGIDI

Orlando Pirates midfielder Sifiso Myeni isn't intimidated by the vociferous Al Ahly crowd who will pack the Arab Contractors Stadium in Cairo in the second leg of the Caf Champions League final on Sunday.

Sifiso Myeni of Orlando Pirates during the 2013 CAF Champions League semi final training session by Orlando Pirates at the Rades Stadium in Tunis, Tunisia on October 18, 2013©Barry Aldworth/BackpagePix

Playing in Cairo – unlike in el-Gouna, more than 400km away from the Egyptian capital where the Buccaneers thrashed Al Ahly 3-0 in the group stages – has dominated talk on the return leg after the 1-1 draw at Orlando Stadium.

“We went to Tunisia to play Esperance, where we faced lasers in a packed stadium where there were only 10 fans supporting us – and those came from the embassy,” Myeni said.

“But we managed to get the result and reach the final. It was the same against TP Mazembe. The crowd was intimidating but we fought hard and got the result.

“We can do it in Cairo too because it’s not like those fans will be on the pitch playing against us. It will be 11 against 11 and Al Ahly haven’t beaten us in this tournament.”

Pirates flew to Egypt last night after they were given a rousing send-off at OR Tambo Airport.

But when they get to Cairo, captain Happy Jele and industrious midfielder Andile Jali won’t be among those who will be in action on Sunday due to suspension.

Al Ahly will be without the services of defender Sayed Moawad who played when the Red Devils won two of their seven titles and when Egypt won two of their seven Africa Cup of Nations titles.

“The Egyptian team is made up mostly of Al Ahly players who have been dominant in the Champions League like it is with Esperance in Tunisia,” Myeni said.

“When Collins Mbesuma was injured we played with an all-South African starting XI. These are the players who should take Bafana Bafana forward.”