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NEWS: It’s only half-time in the tie – Ncikazi

Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi has urged his players to guard against complacency after their CAF Confederation Cup 2-0 first-leg win over Al Ahli Tripoli away in Libya on Sunday.

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Orlando Pirates coach Mandla Ncikazi has urged his players to guard against complacency after their CAF Confederation Cup 2-0 first-leg win over Al Ahli Tripoli away in Libya on Sunday.

Pirates CAF Confed Cup - Ncikazi

Goals from Innocent Maela and Goodman Mosele have put Pirates in pole position to qualify for the final of a tournament they were runners-up in 2015 but have never won.

Ncikazi gave credit to his side for ‘applying themselves well’ but warned his troops that the tie is far from over.

“We played a good team — this Tripoli team is a good team. They are good tactically, they can play direct, they’re skilful.

“But one must give credit to our players. I thought they applied themselves well.

“And I must thank our team management for the logistical support. I’m happy and proud of our team for the win away from home where it was important to score and get a result.

“The game is not over. It’s only halftime and we are only leading. When we go back home they can do the same thing.

“We will treat the second leg seriously. But it’s important to understand the dynamics of African football and that a goal away is important.

“We’ll treat the next match as being 0-0, respect Ahli because they are a good team, and try to progress into the next round.

“But we’re not going to do anything less. We’re going to prepare and prepare for a good team.”

The second leg will take place on Sunday at Orlando Stadium.

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