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De Sa confident of CAF victory

Pirates arrived back home after progressing to the CAF Champions League final.

Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa. Picture: Orlando Pirates official Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Roger De Sa says he's confident Orlando Pirates can win the CAF Champions League.

The Buccaneers landed in South Africa on Monday following their 1-1 semifinal draw against Esperance which saw them advance to the final of the tournament.

They will now face Al Ahly in the final.

The two sides have met twice in the competition already this season and Pirates have yet to lose.

"Having spoken about us beaten Al Ahly before that's one thing we can't be complacent about, it's come and gone. Al Ahly now know much about us. Senzo made a brilliant penalty save that could have turned the game around. So we have to look at all these thing, it not just the result."

De Sa now has to pull his team to focus on the Telkom Knockout clash against Golden Arrows on Wednesday.

Players who may be suffering with slight injuries will be assessed on Tuesday, but the Pirates coach has said he will be changing the starting line-up.

"We will make changes for sure, but I don't think we'll make too many drastic changes because we don't want to spoil the momentum we picked up. As long as players are fit and they will be recovered by Wednesday we'll play them. You don't want to win the semifinal of Champions League and go lose a Telkom Knockout quarterfinal against Golden Arrows at home."

De Sa has also played down suggestions that there is a rift between the club and captain Lucky Lekgwathi.

The defender has been left out of the last four games and did not travel with the squad for the semifinal clash in Tunisia.

De Sa says the reason for Lekgwathi's exclusion was due to lack of match fitness.

"There's no problem at all with Lucky. He's training and I know he played a match on Saturday. Remember he hadn't played in four matches and to throw a 37-year-old into a semifinal away from home, when he hasn't played for four matches, it's not fair on him. Lucky is just like everybody else, ready to play when they are needed."

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was on hand to welcome the team back. He has congratulated the side for making the nation proud.

"We'd like to express our appreciation for the guts, courage and determination from Orlando Pirates for representing this country and the people of South Africa with pride. We have noticed and we have seen your fighting spirit and if it was any day where you could been beaten, it could never be that day."

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