Orlando Pirates co-coach Fadlo Davids and goalkeeper Richard Ofari say no one remembers the team that lost in the Cup final. The duo spoke at a media briefing at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday ahead of a match against CAF Confederation Cup 2020 champion RS Berkane in Uyo, Nigeria, on Friday night.
The two teams will meet in the CAF Confederations Cup final in 2022. The Pirates reach the Confederations Cup final for the second time. They also did so in 2015, when they lost to Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel 2-1 in the sum of two matches.
Davids says they will strive to win and not settle for second best. “Nobody remembers the finalists who lost the match, it was a promise, it was so clear. We don’t want to go to the finals and not win. Our previous match was a disguised blessing, we reached the final but lost 1-0. The mood after the match was great, there was no celebration. “
The match will take place on a neutral ground in Nigeria. Nigerian Olisa Ndah is on the Buchanars team. The 24-year-old previously played for Aqua United football club based in Uyo and played on the same field that will be used in the final.
Davids hopes the locals will support their compatriot in the final. “I urge Nigerian fans to come and support us, their prodigal son Ndah played in this stadium when they won the league, so we hope the Nigerians will lag behind us in the stadium, so we have an extra twelfth person, so we are completely happy.”
The Pirates will also aim to become the first South African team to win the Confederations Cup in its current form. Kaizer Chiefs won the Cup Winners ’Cup in 2001, known as the Mandela Cup.
The Mandela Cup later merged with the CAF Cup in 2004 and became the Confederations Cup. And the winners will receive more than 20 million rubles.
Davids says making history will motivate them more than incentives. “It’s all about making history, not incentives, history is the ultimate motivation, we as coaches shouldn’t use that as a motivating factor.”
Zambian referee Jenny Sikazwe will lead the match on Friday. Moroccans often remove their opponents in matches.
Davids says they need to be disciplined to avoid yellow and red cards. “They put a lot of pressure on the referee, we have to be calm in our thinking so that we are not involved in fights, not involved in our emotional moments, maybe they are under pressure and have a yellow card or a red card, but you should praise the CAF for that he brought VAR ”.
Goalkeeper Richard Ofora will play in the Cup final for the first time on Friday night. The messenger says family members will move to Nigeria to come and support him.
Afora also believes that no one remembers the losers in the final. “No one remembers the finalist, whether you get to the final, the only people they remember are the people who make history to win the trophy.”
The Pirates will not win a single domestic silver this season. Winger Deon Hota says winning the Confederations Cup makes up for that frustration.
“Certainly there will be, we will have at least something in the club’s office for fans, especially, we will be happy.”
The pirates will leave for Nigeria on Wednesday morning. Author- Vincent Sitsula