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The Pirates mentor says the pre-season matches have helped the team and he is positive that they will do well on Saturday

Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa has told Goal that his players are ready to face the Caf Confederations Cup champions AC Leopards on Saturday.

Pirates will square up with Leopards in the Caf Champions League at the Orlando Stadium, as they continue their hunt for an elusive second star.

“The preparations have been going well so far. I think the team is ready to face the AC Leopards and I am positive we will do well on Saturday,” De Sa told Goal.

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De Sa confirmed that midfielder Tlou Segolela will be available for selection against Leopards despite pending contractual issues between him and Pirates.

“As far as I am concerned Tlou Segolela is available for Saturday’s game, but I know nothing about where the contract negotiations are at the moment. He is still our player,” he said.

Segolela is without a contract, but should be able to play for the Buccaneers on Saturday, as he is still a registered member of the Pirates team for this year's Caf Champions League.

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Meanwhile, Roger de Sa is confident that his new signings will play an important role at Pirates this season and he confirmed that the likes of Fatau Dauda and Joseph Molangoane are settling in well.

He also expressed his delight at registering striker Lennox Bacela for Africa's biggest club competition, and the former Bloem Celtic forward is expected to feature against AC Leopards.

“The new guys are settling in well and fortunately we managed to register Bacela for Caf Champions League, and he should get a run against Leopards,” concluded De Sa.

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