Roger De Sa gracious in defeat

2013-11-11 11:23

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After losing the CAF Champions League final to Al Ahly, Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa was gracious in defeat, saying they did their best in the tournament.

De Sa said he was proud of the team and believes the experienced gained will benefit South African football in future.

“What a journey it has been for these youngsters,” said De Sa after the defeat to the defending champions yesterday.

“If eight or so months ago, at the beginning of our campaign, anyone would have bet on us reaching the final, no one would have believed so but we made it. This has been a good journey for us and we can only improve from here.”

He said as much as South Africans were disappointed they did not win the trophy, he said they should be proud of the team’s achievement.

De Sa believes winning the tournament in future was achievable and so do his players. He said the experience would bear fruit for his young players.

“This is good for South African football and I hope other teams will also take these tournaments serious because it can only benefit us. We have showed it is possible and this should inspire other teams and good luck to Kaizer Chiefs next year as they will also gain experience.”

As Pirates change their focus to the domestic league, De Sa said he hoped his players would continue with the same passion they showed in the Champions League.

“The motivation is there and I just hope we will continue with the same momentum.”

Pirates’ next game is the Telkom Knockout against SuperSport United next Saturday and they still have a lot of catching up to do in the league as they have only played three games, whereas other teams are on 10 already.

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