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Jwaneng Galaxy head coach Morena Ramoreboli is excited to face Orlando Pirates in the second preliminary round of the CAF Champions League. But Ramoreboli is also aware that his team will have to work hard in order to do well in the CAF inter-club competition.

Galaxy progressed to the next round of the continental tournament after beating Ugandan side Vipers 3-2 on aggregate. Meanwhile, Pirates knocked out Djabal Club in order to progress to the next round.

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The Bloemfontein-born says his team is excited to be one step closer to the group stages of the CAF Champions League.

“We’re very excited to progress to the next phase of the Champions League preliminary games. It was not easy to plan for Vipers,” Ramoreboli told LimSportsZone in an exclusive interview.  

Jwaneng Galaxy head coach Morena Ramoreboli is excited to face Orlando Pirates in the second preliminary round
Morena Ramoreboli

MORENA RAMOREBOLI BANKING ON HOME SUPPORT

The Bafana Bafana COSAFA Cup coach believes supporters will play a significant role when his team faces the Sea Robbers away from home. However, they have prepared for those aspects in case they happen at Orlando Stadium.

“African football is African football you go away supporters will play an important role in making things difficult for you. But I think we were very fortunate that in our preparation we tried to touch on all those aspects.

“In making sure that we understand there’ll be a phase in a match where we will have to defend [and] maybe touch the ball less and have less offensive elements in our game,” he added.

SECOND TIME LUCKY AGAINST ORLANDO PIRATES?

Ramoreboli has the upper hand against the Buccaneers after beating them 4-1 in a shocking defeat in 2013 when he was still the head coach of Maluti FET College. He is hoping his team will do well against a big giant like Orlando Pirates and represent Galaxy with pride.

“It’s exciting to face a big team like Orlando Pirates, it’s a motivation to all the players, technical team as well as the management of the club. Because everybody wants to do well against a bigger club. We will do our best to make sure that we represent the country well and we represent the Galaxy family with pride.

“Best teams in the continent are recognized by being involved in the Champions League. We also want to do well in the Champions League, we also want to perform well.

 “And, we will have to fight and get through to the group stages. It’s not going to be easy but we will give it our all and make sure that we progress to the next stage of the Champions League,” he ended.

The champions of Botswana Premier League will host the Orlando Pirates in the first leg of the second round at National Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

By Katleho Hlalele

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