The Buccaneers had little in the way of genuine goal-scoring opportunities during the 90 minutes, but demonstrated clinical finishing upfront as they converted their only real chance in the clash as Jele buried a shot inside the area just inside the hour mark in front of a capacity crowd.
“It’s always great scoring but as a defender I am equally delighted to have been able to help the team record a clean sheet in a tough game like that one,” said Jele after the match.
“I am very happy to have contributed to the team’s win today. This victory was very important to us because like in the 2013 Champions League, we understand how important it is to win the opening game.”
It was the first-ever victory for Pirates over Leopards, and simply avoiding a loss would have been a huge result away from home.
“When it comes to playing in any of the CAF matches we understand the importance of winning over entertaining. It isn’t easy playing away from home.”
The match at the Stade Dennis Sassou Nguesso on a bumpy playing surface was well-attended, and the crowd were treated to a dominant performance by Leopards as the hosts had the better of the chances in the first period, but the goal in the second half proved to be the difference between the sides.
“There are many trying conditions we are faced with and for that reason we simplify things and focus on getting the job done. Overall, we are happy with the result. We are going back home with what we came here to get, and that is three points.” – ANA
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