Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa says his team will have to be at their best when they tackle high flying African giants Esperance on Saturday night at the Orlando Stadium.
The Buccaneers will hope bounce back from their recent loss to Platinum Stars in the MTN8 Final when they welcome fired up Tunisian powerhouse Esperance in the semi-final first leg of the CAF Champions League.
Orlando Pirates finished second in Group B behind Al Ahly while Esperance finished top of Group B and they are followed by Coton Sport of Cameroon.
Roger De Sa, who guided Orlando Pirates to the semi-finals of the Africa;s ultimate competition for the first time since 2006, says tight schedule cost them matches but that can't be an excuse going to Saturday’s match against the Blood and Gold of Tunisia.
“We have a tight schedule and without doubt it's taking its toll. If we hadn’t gone so far in the CAF Champions League then we wouldn’t have played so many matches.” The 49-year old said this week
“It is tough task when you are trying to put out the best team every week but that is not an excuse, we are a big club with a quality squad that can do us a job on Saturday night against Esperance.
Roger De Sa went on to say that his team should not be afraid of Esperance as they have beaten other African giants to get to this stage of the competition. “Playing one of the top four clubs in continent won’t be easy.” He said
“But beating Zamalek and Al Ahly in the group stages of competition have made us realise that we can beat anyone on our day.” Concluded the former Bidvest Wits coach