Posted: 2012-02-20 10:35
Orlando Pirates have defended their decision to take their CAF Champions League game against Angolan side Recreativo do Libolo to Port Elizabeth.
Pirates suffered an embarrassing 3-1 home defeat yesterday, meaning they now travel to Luando for the return leg facing a near impossible task.
The Buccaneers have since come in for criticism from their own supporters for taking the game away from Orlando Stadium, but club officials stand by their decision.
“It’s always been our plan to take the game to the people in places like Mpumalanga and Port Elizabeth, where they don’t often get a chance to watch the team play,” Bucs administrative manager Senzo Mazingisa tells KickOff.com.
“We are using Orlando Stadium to host our League games and we can’t change our venue … that’s why when are playing in the Vodacom or Champions League, we decide to take the game to the people.”
And despite the 3-1 defeat, Mazingiza says they will not throw in the towel for the second leg in a fortnight’s time.
“This is football … even you in the media didn’t expect this,” he says. “We can do the same when we play them in the second leg. We will go back to the drawing board and try to come up with a better way to approach the return match in Angola.”