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Orlando Pirates are preparing for the derby confrontation with Kaizer Chiefs in the same manner they would any other game, insisted coach Roger de Sa

“We have to look at our own performance, not that of Kaizer Chiefs,” he said as Pirates and Chiefs received word that all but a handful of the 80 000 tickets for the derby at Soccer City on December 8 have been taken up.

“Let’s not forget that this is a long season and the derby is just three points. You are not going to get six points just because you beat Chiefs. It means the game is as important as any other we will have this season,” he added.

“So we are taking it one game at a time and Chippa United (who Pirates play three days before the derby) are as important as Chiefs.”

De Sa, who has had just 11 matches in charge, said there was no talk among the players of the Chiefs encounter although admitted it was “only human’ to have half a mind on the derby.

“All we are talking about and all we are working towards now is the match against Chippa,” he added.

The game is at the Athlone Stadium on December 5.

“We’ve put on a normal training programme to ensure that the rhythm of the team stays the same.”