Roger de Sa: The overall performance of Orlando Pirates wasn’t bad

The Buccaneers returned to the Caf Champions League with a disappointing goalless draw against AC Leopards

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa said he is a bit disappointed with the result against the Congolese side AC Leopards following their 0-0 draw at home on Saturday.

However, De Sa said his Pirates players can only take positives out of their Saturday’s game.

“We might be disappointed that we did not score, but we created a lot of chances that we should have converted.

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“Bacela missed two chances and Oupa [Manyisa] missed two sitters. I would say sitters looking at the kind of player he is, but I think overall performance wasn’t bad,” said De Sa in a post-match press conference.

De Sa explained his decision to keep Lennox Bacela on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes despite lack of experience in the Caf Champions League while Collins Mbesuma was on the bench.

“Mbesuma is not in good shape. He only played 45 minutes in all the pre-season friendly games that we played. Bacela scored four or five goals in the last two pre-season games, that’s why he played the whole game.

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“We go with what we see in training, and not with the name at the back of the jersey,” he said.

The Pirates mentor also explained the situation surrounding Tlou Segolela having admitted that he would have liked to use the speedy winger against AC Leopards.

“I was hoping to use Tlou, but I was told he is not a Pirates player and therefore cannot play. His issue is discussed in the boardroom,” added De Sa.

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