A win was important for us – Mhlongo

Brighton Mhlongo (Pic: Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Brighton Mhlongo has revealed that Orlando Pirates were motivated by looking to avoid a hat-trick of defeats when they left the country last week to face CS Sfaxien in the Caf Confederation Cup.

The Buccaneers went to the match after defeats from Zamalek in the Confederation Cup and Royal Leopards in a pre-season friendly in the King’s Super Cup in Swaziland.

They managed to stop that rot with a confidence boosting 1-0 win over Sfaxien to cement their place in second place. Mhlongo and company touched down at the OR Tambo International airport on Tuesday just after lunch following a long flight from Tunisia via Dubai.

“The travelling was hectic,” Mhlongo said.

“We always knew that it was going to be difficult for us to adjust because we spent more than 20 hours travelling. We knew that we have to go there to collect three points because it was very important for us to get a win. We couldn’t lose three games in a row, given the fact that we also lost in Swaziland. We told ourselves that we have to focus on the game plan, stick to it and win the game.”

The focus for Pirates now shifts to domestic football where they will face their arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Cup on Saturday.

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