A week after that, Pirates flew to Mali, which hosts Kaloum’s home matches because of the Ebola virus, and returned with a 2-0 advantage from the first leg.
But Eric Tinkler will now have to reshuffle his starting XI, with Siyabonga Sangweni and Mpho Makola, who started in Mali, suspended for the return leg. That will open up a place for Gcaba at the back, with either Lehlohonolo Masalesa or Thabo Rakhale in Makola’s place.
The Buccaneers haven’t played competitive football in over a month after the 2014/15 season ended on May 9 when they finished third in the Absa Premiership.
“We haven’t played competitive football for four weeks. How we start the game will be key,” Gcaba said.
“It’s important that this break doesn’t disturb our rhythm because we had been on a roll, especially in the Confederation Cup where we scored six goals in our last three matches.”
Pirates don’t necessarily need to score goals if they are to reach the group stage of the tournament and become only the third South African side to do so. But Gcaba has implored his team-mates to not be ultra-defensive.
“That would be inviting trouble,” Gcaba said. “We have to go all out and look to unsettle them from the onset. We did that by beating them 2-0 in the first leg, but we need to secure the win in style at home.
“We know what it takes to get into the group stage of a major continental competition. We did that in 2013 in the Champions League where we went all the way. We can do that again.”
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