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Ramoreboli On What It Meant To Beat Pirates

Jwaneng Galaxy head coach Morena Ramoreboli says that beating Orlando Pirates in the preliminary rounds of the CAF Champions League last season gave his side believe they could do more.

The Botswana Premier League champions were the least favoured of the two in Africa’s premium club competition last season but caused an early upset by eliminating the 1995 African champions. Jwaneng went on to qualify for the group stages but finished bottom of Group B with just four points.

Speaking to iDiski Times senior writer Velile Mnyandu in edition 161 of the newspaper, Ramoreboli admitted that the Pirates victory worked for the spirit of his players. The Free State-born coach added that they might have done better in the competition had they not endured injuries to key players during the campaign.

“I think winning against Pirates and Wydad brought a lot of belief and confidence to the boys,” Ramoreboli told iDiski Times.

“And they started to believe that they could achieve bigger things. Unfortunately, along the way, we got some injuries. After the Pirates game, we lost two of our central midfielders, and then after the Wydad game, we lost another midfielder.

“So, I still believe that had we had all of our key players, we’d be in a position to say we went to the knockout stages because I think we had a good start. But unfortunately, due to injuries, we ended up not finishing the Group Stages [well].”

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Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.