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The Pirates mentor lost his first game [to Zamalek] in the group stages, but he believes they can get a good result against AC Leopards in Congo on Saturday

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa believes his team will be ready for their all important Caf Champions League clash against AC Leopards on Saturday.

Pirates need to beat the Congolese team to secure their place in the semi-finals of Africa’s biggest club competition, and De Sa admits they made life difficult for themselves by losing to Zamalek.

“We made it hard for ourselves by losing in Egypt – now we have to up our game and try hard to get a good result in Congo,” De Sa told the Pirates website.

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The Buccaneers played to a goalless draw with Leopards in Orlando back in July, but De Sa is adamant that they can upset their opponents in their own backyard.

“Nothing is lost; we go to Congo with our spirits still high. This is a crucial week for us,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pirates have confirmed that Thandani Ntshumayelo is making huge progress in recovering from an injury that sidelined him for the past three weeks.

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The 23-year-old midfielder is expected to start training with the rest of his teammates in two weeks time, but he will have to work on his fitness before he can return to the starting line-up. 

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