Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa says that even though he is disappointed with Saturday’s result against AC Leopards, he cannot blame his players for trying their best under difficult conditions.
Pirates lost 1-0 to Leopards in the CAF Champions League in Dolisie, courtesy of a Dimitri Bissiki solitary goal. The lost meant that the Buccaneers had lost their pole position in Group A and now the Buccaneers are faced with a prospect of having to win their last game against Al Ahly in order to qualify for the semi-finals.
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Speaking during the team’s arrival at OR Tambo International last night, De Sa said his team is still in with a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.
"We're still in it. We have Al Ahly at home on Sunday and will get to play some football on a proper pitch, so all is not lost," De Sa told the official Pirates Twitter account.
"We're disappointed with the result obviously and under trying conditions. What you see on TV is far from what we experience.
"We tried to settle quickly, string a few passes but on a bumpy pitch the plan had to change. We adapted as best we could,” added De Sa.
"We have a game left and a full squad to choose from barring Bibo & Collins. We have everything to play for on Sunday," concluded De Sa.
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Pirates will take on Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership match at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.