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The Pirates mentor said he received regular updates on the Zamalek-AC Leopards game, but said his team never stopped playing

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa admitted after the game that Al Ahly was always going to be difficult for them to beat especially because of their rich history and pedigree in the Caf Champions League.

Al Ahly held Bucs to a goalless draw at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday, but the result was enough for the two teams to progress to the last four of this year’s competition.

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“We knew Al Ahly is a very good team. The history and the pedigree and all the stars in the Caf Champions League, but it wasn’t going to be easy. I think we took the game to them..we still played for a win,” De Sa told reporters at a post-match press conference.

“The chances we created..Juju’s [Thulasizwe Mbuyane] chance and Daine Klate’s header, we dominated the game throughout. We tried and we gave it a full go, but unfortunately we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.”

De Sa admitted he was aware of what was happening between Zamalek and AC Leopards, but said he could not risk playing for a draw as they continued to create goalscoring chances.

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“Nevertheless, we got the information at halftime on what was happening in Egypt and we kept tabs on the score. We knew that a draw would be enough. We still tried to get a win, but obviously we became more cautious.

“But we tried; we kept on going, though I think it wasn’t our day to score a goal. I think overall we’ve had a great campaign,” he said.

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