No rest for Pirates

2013-10-22 08:53

There is no rest for Orlando Pirates players as they headed straight to camp on their arrival from Tunisia yesterday afternoon.

Pirates host Golden Arrows in the quarterfinal of the Telkom Knockout on Wednesday evening. On Saturday, they face rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto derby at FNB Stadium.

Pirates coach Roger De Sa said they have accepted their taxing fixture schedule and there was nothing they could do.

However, De Sa said they would take each game as it comes.

“This has been our lives lately and we can’t complain. We have to soldier one as all the games are important to us and fortunately our players understand that it comes with the territory,” said De Sa.

He said he did not expect the kind of reception the team had received on their return from Tunisia, but said it would motivate the players to do even more.

“This will go a long way in pushing us to make the country proud. The players now understand what it means playing in Africa and it has been an eye-opener but too demanding.”

He attributed the team’s success so far to the players, the management and the supporters.

Personally, De Sa said, he hoped to win the CAF Champions League for the people of South Africa to restore pride to the nation.

Pirates’ administrator, Floyd Mbele, urged all South Africans to rally behind the team as they search for the second star.

“It has not been easy travelling this road alone, but I am sure all South Africans understand we are representing the country and not just ourselves. Credit must go not only to the technical team but to everyone including the chairperson and the backroom staff who all contributed to our success,” said Mbele.

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