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Daniels want SuperSport to emulate Pirates

Clayton Daniels (Gallo Images)
Clayton Daniels (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - SuperSport United defender Clayton Daniels says they will draw inspiration from Orlando Pirates when they feature in next season's CAF Confederation Cup.

Stuart Baxter's side will play in CAF's second tier club competition after beating the Buccaneers in the Nedbank Cup final last month.

Pirates went on a miraculous run in last year's edition of the continental event before eventually going down to Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel.

Daniels, who had an impressive season with Matsatsantsa, believes Pirates have set the bar high and it is their time to shine in continental competition.

"I think we have a capable team that go all the way with the players on board," the lanky centre-back told Vodacom Soccer.

"Of course Pirates are a quality team and they played in Africa and they did very well. We at SuperSport also want be amongst the best in Africa and we are looking forward to it."

The Pretoria side rescued their season with a late charge for a top-eight finish after faltering in the first half of the campaign, which forced the club to release coach Gordon Igesund from his duties and replace him with former Kaizer Chiefs boss Baxter.

Daniels agrees that things were tough for the team in the first half of the season, but paid tribute to the whole team for raising their hands at crucial time of the campaign.

"It was difficult for the players because it was different players (who were signed) and the coaches had different styles," he added.

"But all the credit should go to the technical team that worked with the players and also the players that were open minded about things. They are top professionals and do the business twenty four hours, whether it is on or off the field.

"That is why we raised our hands and we are champions of this cup."

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