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Morena – Beating Pirates Again Won’t Be An Upset Like Maluti

Jwaneng Galaxy head coach Morena Ramoreboli says beating Orlando Pirates, as he did with Maluti FET College, won’t be as big of an upset as that fateful clash.

Ramoreboli masterminded a historic win over then treble-champions Pirates with a 4-1 thumping in the round of 32 stage of the 2012/13 Nedbank Cup.

He’s since moved on to African Warriors and Galaxy over the years and worked within the structures of the South African Football Association (SAFA), where he won the 2021 COSAFA Cup with Bafana Bafana.

Coming into the game as champions of the Botswana Premier League and ousting Uganda Premier League champions Vipers in the previous round, he feels the gulf in class isn’t as vast as when he dumped Pirates out of a domestic cup with a third-tier side.

“Beating Orlando Pirates with Maluti FET College was an upset, yes, but beating Orlando Pirates, I don’t think it would be an upset,” Ramoreboli tells iDiski Times.

“Here we’re in the same competition, same division, different countries, so obviously, we’re competing with Orlando Pirates in the CAF Champions League – because they qualified. We are the champions of Botswana.

“We are more or less equal by that virtue… yes Orlando Pirates is a big team with a lot of supporters, and with good history, they have done well and are currently doing very well.”

Morena Ramoreboli head coach congratulates Lucky Mokoena of Maluti FET College after he scored during the football 2013 Nedbank Cup match between Maluti FET College and Orlando Pirates at the Charles Mopeli Stadium , QwaQwa on the 23th of February 2013 ©Sabelo Mngoma/BackpagePix

While he’s confident they have the capabilities of securing a historic second-group stage qualification in Africa’s elite club competition, the South African coach understands that the challenge of the Buccaneers is a monumental one.

“It was our wish to do well against Pirates but honestly speaking we must give them the respect they deserve, they are a big team and we need to try our level best to prepare well for Orlando Pirates and humble ourselves and understand we’re against one of the top teams in the Southern region,” he added.

“For us to do well against them, we must double our efforts, it’s not going to be an easy match, I’ve seen them dominating matches, winning matches, playing with high intensity, so we’re anticipating a very competitive game.

“We need also to try our best to raise the bar and match them pound to pound which won’t be easy but like I said, we had to play Vipers to play Pirates, we had to win against Vipers to play Pirates.

“And if we want to qualify for group stages, there’s only one option for us, to try our level best to do well against Pirates and make sure we reach our goal of qualifying for the group stages.”

The two sides meet for the first leg second-round clash on Sunday afternoon at the Botswana National Stadium (15h00).

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.