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MATCH PREVIEW: ORLANDO PIRATES VS. URA

Published On 14/03/2015 | By AFS Staff | Africa, Best of the Rest, International, Latest News, Top Stories

Uganda Revenue Authority boss Alex Isabirye believes his side can cause an upset when they face South Africa’s Orlando Pirates in the first round of the CAF Confederations Cup on Saturday.

“Chiefs are a good team tactically. But we can manage them and we’ll have a good game,” Isabirye told Africa Football Shop.

URA made it to this phase of the competition of the competition after ejecting Madagascan outfit Elgeco Plus 4-2 on aggregate in the preliminary round.

While Pirates have put up some incredible form by winning three of their last six ties, URA’s main worry will be the absence of forward Robert Ssentongo who netted three goals in the previous fixture against Plus but saw red in Antananarivo.

“We’ll have to work around that (Ssentongo’s absence) and if we are to qualify, we need to pick a good result away from home,” Isabirye added.

It means the URA could have Ali Feni and Frank Kalanda deployed in attack with supply from Peter Lwasa and backing from Saidi Kyeyune and Oscar Agaba.

This will be the second time in history that Buccaneers will be facing a Ugandan side at the continental level. The first came in 1995 when they eliminated Express 2-1 on aggregate en route to lifting that year’s CAF Champions League title.

Pirates coach Eric Tinkler has already stated his intentions to have his side dominate continental football. “It is no secret that Orlando Pirates is a big team with aspirations to compete and win on the continent,” he recently told the club website.

Tinkler has ammunition in strikers Lennox Bacela, Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro who will put URA custodian Brian Bwete to test.

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