Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer laments bad luck with Raja Casablanca draw


Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer has bemoaned their lack of luck in recent draws ahead of their CAF Confederation Cup quarter-final against Raja Casablanca.

Pirates were drawn with the Botola champions who've steamrolled their way into the last eight since their shock exit from the CAF Champions League before the group stages.

With six wins, 13 goals scored and none conceded in their six games in Group A, the 2018 champions have once again emerged as favourites to secure the title.

And Zinnbauer is wary of the threat the Moroccan giants pose to their chances of advancing to the semi-finals of the continental competition.

"At the moment with [the] draws we haven't had luck, remember with the Nedbank Cup we got [Mamelodi Sundowns] - normally for supporters would [have] been the best final but we cannot wish what we want," he said.

"We get it and the next step is now, for me, one of the best teams in, not just the quarter-final but in the whole of Africa. Raja is a big club, last season they were in the Super Cup final, the year before they won the Confederation Cup, they are a big team with big supporters at home like Pirates - I think we can compare this with Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs.

"For me it's unlucky but on the other side you can say we have to focus on a big team, we can't go too casual in the game like against Enyimba - not that I'm saying it's a bad team or small club - but the performance could have been better. We can play better, but Raja, I know 100 percent the players know this is one of the best teams on the continent of Africa."

The Buccaneers host Lassaad Chabbi's side on 13 May for the first-leg at Orlando Stadium before travelling to Casablanca for the return leg at the Stade Mohamed V on the 23rd.

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