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Orlando Pirates still have a job to do against Jwaneng Galaxy

Orlando Pirates midfielder Linda Mntambo was one of the men who got on the scoresheet as the Sea Robbers put away Jwaneng Galaxy 3-0 in the first leg of their Caf Confederation Cup playoff but warned that the job is not done yet.

Mntambo said that Pirates were not taking their opposition lightly and expect the Botswana Premier League champions to come back at them in the return leg.

Jwaneng Galaxy have a mountain to climb

Jwaneng will need to score four or more goals in the return leg to go through to the group phase or secure a 3-0 win to force extra-time, but stranger things have happened in football.

“The victory was important, especially playing against a team we did not know much about,” Mntambo said. 

“There hasn’t been any league football in Botswana, while they have probably been following our games. It’s not over. We still have the second leg to play. 

“They are likely to come hard at us and will be looking to rectify their mistakes from the previous leg. Being three goals up puts us in a good position, but we still have to keep the same mentality, keep the same hunger, and make sure that we win.”

Mntambo thrilled to start for Orlando Pirates

Mntambo was thrilled to get a start under his belt against Jwaneng, having spent much of the season coming off the bench for Josef Zinnbauer’s side.

“I have to give thanks to the coaches for giving me the chance to start and trusting me to deliver in a CAF fixture, which was such a crucial game. As for myself, I’m really happy that all the hard work I’ve been doing on the side is really paying off, along with the patience that I’ve been having,” said Mntambo.

“I’m a person who is always patient, I always wait for my time, and when the time came, I’m happy that I was able to deliver a good performance. To top it up with a goal was just a bonus,” he added.

Orlando Pirates face Jwaneng Galaxy in the second leg at Orlando Stadium on Sunday 21 February with a place in the group stages of the second tier continental competition up for grabs.

A South African side has never won the Confederation Cup with Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United losing finals in 2015 and 2017.

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