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Pirates coach De Sa admits that they are going to miss the two influential players against Al Ahly, but believes there are other players who can easily plug the gaps


By Ernest Makhaya

Orlando Pirates has received confirmation from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) that Andile Jali and Happy Jele will both play no part in Sunday’s Caf Champions League final against Al Ahly.

Jali and Jele are both on two yellow cards and therefore suspended for the final, but Pirates wrote to Caf asking for confirmation which they received this morning [Tuesday].

Communication from Caf reads: “Player no. 04 Happy Queenton Jele received two cautions in two different matches namely match no. 124 and match no. 125.

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“Player no. 15 Andile Ernest Jali received two cautions in two different matches namely match no. 122 and match no. 125.

“Therefore both players are automatically suspended for the second leg final of Caf Champions League, match no. 126 Al Ahly (Egypt) vs Orlando Pirates (South Africa).”

Coach Roger de Sa earlier today (Tuesday) confirmed to Goal that the two players have been ruled out of the final, and although this might be a massive blow for the men in black, De Sa said he’s got other capable player who can do the job.

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“I was informed this morning that two won’t be available due to suspension, but look we have other capable players who can come in and do the job,” De Sa told Goal.

De Sa also hinted at Lucky Lekgwathi’s return to the starting line-up, as his experience could be vital against the Egyptian giants.

However, he will also have Bheki Nzunga who played well against TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi.

“We will have to make sure that we find the right balance to play him where he can be comfortable. He’s been doing well at training, and that is why he was in the team last week, but there’s also Nzunga who played well away to TP Mazembe,” he said.

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