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Memela: Defending is not our strength

Orlando Pirates midfielder Luvuyo Memela says their CAF Champions League situation is a blessing in disguise as they need a result in their final game against Horoya.

Pirates are currently in Guinea, where they are on a mission to gain entrance to the tournament knockout stages by overcoming their Group B rivals.

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Horoya currently occupy second spot in the pool, with Esperance having already secured their passage to the quarterfinals as The Buccaneers are left to battle for the final spot.

Had they beaten FC Platinum in their previous fixture, Pirates would have needed merely a point in Conakry, where no team has won in their last 14 attempts.

But Memela is adamant they are in the ideal situation to be able to carry out the task of progressing to the next round.

“I was telling the guys [the draw against FC Platinum] was a blessing in disguise because going there for a draw can play on your mind and cause you to relax,” said Memela.

“I think it’s better that we’re going there knowing that we have to play our normal game, because defending is not our strength – we know that. So, going there and needing to win is a good thing for us.

“I think it’s better that we’re going there knowing that we have to play our normal game, because defending is not our strength – we know that. So, going there and needing to win is a good thing for us.

“We know as a team what we’re strong at, so if we score an early goal then we know that [Horoya] are going to want to score as well, and that would be our chance to apply pressing traps on them.”

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