African Stars coach Bobby Samaria has given an indication of his tactical approach for when Orlando Pirates visit Windhoek for their CAF Champions League first round second leg clash.
The Namibian outfit pulled off a surprise goalless stalemate at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening, as they thwarted the Buccaneers to hold a slight advantage in the return leg scheduled for this weekend.
Stars’ approach was, as expected, very organised at the back as they looked to frustrate the hosts in their own backyard and it paid dividends with the score having remained level, which Samaria admitted was their objective.
“We watched Pirates play and we knew they were doing extremely well in the [Absa Premiership] league – they have a speedy front four,” said Samaria.
“But with a bit of organisation in your team, defensively, you’ll always make it difficult for them. I think their wing play is one of the best and they did well.
“So, we packed our midfield and ensured that penetration through the middle was not possible, and we reached that objective.
“I think they played well, but my boys gave their all. You know, when you bring passion to a game and play with your heart, any result is possible as long as you have discipline on the field.”
With a place in the premier continental competition’s group stages at stake, Samaria insisted they would continue their disciplined approach as going toe-to-toe with the Soweto giants is never a good idea.
“Look, the approach might change a bit [because] we are playing at home, but we are not oblivious of the fact that the level of our players and Pirates’ players – they are professionals, and it’s like day and night,” he defended.
“If you want to go against Pirates pound-for-pound, you’ll end second best whether you play at home or not. So, you have to keep your organisation disciplined.”