We’re writing our own history – De Sa
Orlando Pirates face Esperance in the second leg of CAF Champions League in Tunisia on Saturday.
JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa says his team will not be looking at history when they take on Esperance in the second leg semifinal of the CAF Champions League on Saturday.
The Buccaneers will play in Tunisia where Esperance have only lost four home games in 16 years.
The game is currently tied at 0-0, following the first leg played at Orlando Stadium.
Speaking ahead of the tie, De Sa said his side will be going out to make their own history.
"Every game has its own history and its own obstacles, so we'll face it that way. Those teams that were unbeaten for so many years were different teams, different players and different conditions, so it changes all the time, that's how football is. We have prepared well and all we can is to do our best."
Midfielder Daine Klate says the team needs to stay grounded in order to achieve their objective of getting to the final.
The team only needs a win or a drawn score to advance to their first final since 1995.
"Staying grounded is very important for us throughout this whole campaign. We have done pretty well in our past games in Congo under extremely difficult conditions. We know what to do; we have to be united as a team and not look at ourselves as individuals," says Klate.
One major characteristic of away ties in the competition are the hostile crowds.
Midfielder Oupa Manyisa says the team has played enough games away and has adjusted to the atmosphere.
"We have adjusted to that because we have been going through this throughout the Champions League, so it won't be that difficult for us to adjust."
Meanwhile, defender Lucky Lekgwathi has been omitted from the team that travelled to Tunisia. The Buccaneers coach says they left the player out due to his fitness levels and because he hasn't played in four matches.