local soccer 31.7.2013 12:00 am

Chiefs happy Egypt game to go ahead

Lucky Lekgwathi has expressed delight at Caf’s decision not to grant Al-Ahly permission to postpone their match against Orlando Pirates.

The Egyptian side had requested the African football mother body to move their Champions League fixture against Pirates on August 4 to five days later due to Ramadan.

Al-Ahly had contended that their players might not be able to play against Pirates as they will be observing their holy month.

“It is good that Caf did not postpone the game,” Lekgwathi said yesterday.

“This game is big for us and we are hoping to do well.”

Pirates travel to Cairo tomorrow for their engagement against the current African Champions League title holders.

The venue for the match has not been confirmed but venues around the capital city have been mentioned as possible hosts for this game. The Military venue which Al-Ahly has used in the past is reported to be unavailable.

Last week Al-Ahly played to a 1-1 draw against neighbours Zamalek 450km away from Cairo in the Red Sea resort of El-Gouna.

It has been suggested that they should take the Pirates fixture to Aswa, a city situated 870km away in the southern part of Cairo. Lekgwathi said his team is not nacking on the fact that their opponents are fasting as previous experience cannot allow them that.

“Yes, in 2006 we went to play CS Sfaxien in Tunisia and we thought we could beat them, but we could not and we lost that game,” he said.

Lekgwathi’s coach Roger De Sa on Monday said the changes to this fixtures gave him a headache in terms of his preparation for the encounter.

But his captain said their 1-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday has given them a taste of what to expect as it was also a big game.

“Yes, we will be ready,” he said.

“Our game on Saturday helped us and even our experience of playing against TP Mazembe gave us good experience going forward.”

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