Pirates eye bounty against Al Ahly
The Bucs will not underestimate CAF champions Al Ahly despite having a home advantage.
JOHANNESBURG - Roger de Sa does not believe that Orlando Pirates have an advantage over Al Ahly as they prepare for the CAF Champions League final.
The two sides will clash in the first leg of the final at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
They have met twice already in the competition this year and the Buccaneers have not tasted defeat against the defending champions.
De Sa believes that the magnitude of the game means that the past does not count.
"We had a positive result against them in Egypt and at home we drew 0-0. I don't think we can be too complacent about that. It's a completely different game. They have a massive pedigree. They've played so finals in CAF and for us it's our first time."
The team has received well wishes from President Jacob Zuma and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.
Mbalula says whether or not the team wins the competition there will be a reward for Pirates' achievements.
"Against adversity they've emerged victorious. To me, Orlando Pirates have already won. To reach a final is not a child's play and that's why I wanted to give them rewards of excellence right there and there, but I don't want to spoil the party. We are going to have a party win or lose."
Meanwhile, 1995 winner Gavin Lane says the team will not wilt under the pressure that their achievement has brought upon them.
Lane expects the team to thrive against Al Ahly.
"There will be a pressure but I think once they get on the field they will forget all that and concentrate on their game."
The game kicks off at 8.30pm.