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Lane: Pirates can win in Egypt

Orlando Pirates will travel to Egypt to face Al Ahly in the second Leg of CAF Championship next Sunday.

Orlando Pirates' supporters cheer during the African Champions League first leg final between South Africa's Orlando Pirates and Egypt's Al-Ahly in Soweto on November 2, 2013. Picture:AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Former Orlando Pirates player Gavin Lane says this is only the half way mark and Pirates can force a result in Egypt.

The two teams met in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, which ended in a one-all draw.

"I think in the second half the boys fought back nicely and obviously it's not a perfect result but it's not end of the game yet. It's going to be difficult in Egypt and hopefully we they can repeat what they did last time by beating them again in their backyard."

Lane says Da Sa will have to make some technical changes ahead of their trip to Cairo.

"Roger's game plan has to change a little bit now. We have to go there and get an early goal to settle our nerves because it would put them under pressure. We need to start attacking going forward but at the same time not be reckless."

Lane says while everyone will be focusing on Pirates' goal scoring, they cannot forget about defense.

"We don't want to concede a goal because then we going to have a huge uphill battle. It's going to be a very tricky game to sit and watch it. But I still believe the guys can go out there and win the trophy because they have a quality team and more talented players."

Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has told Eyewitness News Sport Orlando Pirates have what it takes to score on the road and beat Al Ahly in Egypt.

Igesund says Pirates bounced back well after conceding early.

"Pirates started dominating the game quite nicely and scored a goal right on the injury time of the game.

It's a good result at the end of the day and having come back from one nil down it means they are still very much in this competition."

The second leg takes place next Sunday in Egypt with victory or a high draw needed for pirates to lift the trophy.

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