Pirates coach promises team will give 100 percent

By Drum Digital
29 October 2013

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa has promised his team will give 100 percent in the Caf Champions League first-leg final fixture on Saturday.

"You don't know what's going to happen in football," De Sa said on Tuesday, ahead of Pirates' clash against Egyptian side Al-Ahly.

"I can't say whether we'll play well or badly, but the one thing that we know is that we'll try our best.

"We're going to give everything we have. These guys will run for 90 minutes plus and give it their best shot."

Pirates, the only South African team to have won the continent's premier club competition, will be bidding for a second Champions League title against a team which has reached the final no fewer than 10 times.

Pirates lifted the then-named African Cup of Champions Clubs title in 1995, beating ASEC Abidjan of the Ivory Coast 3-2 in a two-legged final.

It will be the third meeting between the teams in this year's tournament after Pirates romped to a 3-0 victory in Egypt in August. The Buccaneers then held the Egyptian giants to a goalless draw at Orlando Stadium in their last group fixture on September 22. Despite De Sa's unbeaten record against the Cairo 'Red Devils', the former Wits University boss is adamant Ahly will be favourites to lift the trophy for a record eighth time. "I honestly believe Ahly are the favourites," he said.

"I think we have a 50-50 chance, without a doubt, but when you look at where they've been and what they've done in this competition, we have to be at our best.

"Ahly are a special side but we've got our strengths and we have a couple of things up our sleeves."

- SAPA

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