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Pirates coach Roger De Sa tells Goal.com that he is banking on Benni McCarthy for the remainder of the season after striker Takesure Chinyama was ruled out of action for the next four weeks

Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa has told Goal.com that he is hoping his team will produce a similar fighting spirit they showed when they beat Bidvest Wits on Saturday.

De Sa said that Pirates have been unfortunate in recent weeks, but he believes that the players would start picking themselves up after their last result.   

“I hope the our last result against Wits will help us get through these difficult times. We have not been fortunate in recent matches, but I hope the momentum from Saturday’s game carries us through,” De Sa told Goal.com.

The Pirates mentor believes that it’s all in the players’ hands to finish the season on a high note by winning all their remaining games.

“I think it’s all up to the players now. With four games to go, I would expect them to get into the field and give me all 12 points and I would be happy,” he said.

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De Sa wants his players to take charge against struggling Chippa United tonight, but he warned his players not to underestimate their Cape Town opponents.

“A tough encounter against tough opponents. They need three points as much as we do, but we are playing at home and we need to take control,” said De Sa.

Pirates will be without suspended defender Happy Jele against Chippa United while Takesure Chinyama has been ruled out of action for the next four weeks.

However, De Sa said he is not going to complain about injuries suffered by his players and although he considers Chinyama’s absence as a blow, he is relying on Benni McCarthy to take over from where the Zimbabwean left off.  

“I have come to a point where I don’t want to talk about injuries anymore. Obviously, losing  Takesure is a huge blow for us looking at how he has contributed to the team, but at least we have another big striker in Benni McCarthy,” concluded Roger De Sa.

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