Ahly are not a difficult team: Orlando Pirates coach

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 Oct 2015

The Pirates coach Eric Tinkler said that Zamalek are a more difficult side than Ahly after his team lost two recent matches against them

Orlando Pirates
File photo: Oupa Manyisa (right) fight for the ball with Ahly midfielder Hossam Ashour in the 2013 Champions League final (Photo: Reuters)

Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler voiced confidence ahead of Sunday's Confederation Cup clash against Ahly in the second-leg of the competition's semis saying his side is capable of earning a win in Cairo as he believes that Ahly are not a difficult team.

The South African side claimed a narrow 1-0 win at home in the first-leg on Saturday and they will be looking to produce a positive result away to secure a place in the final.

"We have played against them before in the Champions League and they are not a difficult team," Tinkler said.

Ahly won their eighth Champions League title at the expense of Orlando Pirates, defeating them 2-0 in the final in Cairo after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Johannesburg. 

The 45-year-old coach believes that the Egyptian champions Zamalek are more difficult than Ahly as his side had a recent experience against them who handed the Pirates their only two defeats in the group stage.

Zamalek defeated Orlando 2-1 in Johannesburg before thrashing them 4-1 in Cairo.

"Zamalek are more difficult than Ahly, but we won't take the game on Sunday for granted,” he said.

Tinkler insisted that his side will attack Ahly during Sunday's clash denying all reports suggesting that he will play a defensive game in Cairo.  

“We won't just sit back and relax but attack and open them up so that they don't come hard on us. It won't be a walk in the park but we can win the game," Tinkler concluded. 

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