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John Tlale: Orlando Pirates lacked Caf Champions League experience

14:00 GMT+3 17/03/2019
Ocansey Mandela Horoya & Asavela Mbekile, Orlando Pirates, January 2019
The former Bafana Bafana net minder is confident that the Buccaneers will qualify for next season's Champions League

Former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper John Tlale has urged the Sea Robbers to take the positives from their disappointing 2018/19 Caf Champions League campaign. 

The Buccaneers lost 2-1 to AC Horoya of Guinea and the defeat saw their campaign coming to an end on Saturday as they failed to reach the knockout stages.

“Yeah it’s bad for the club and the players, but I think having few players in the team who have that (Caf) experience has affected their chances,” Tlale told Goal.

Pirates had experienced players such as Thamsanqa Gabuza, Happy Jele, Wayne Sandilands and Mpho Makola, who have tasted continental club football.

“I think having four or five players in your squad is not good enough to have in a team hoping to dominate in the continent. We know Pirates have many new and young players who have never been there before,” he added.

“They lacked the experience to compete in Africa because we are not talking Premier Soccer League (PSL) football here, the conditions, food, transport and many things are done differently,” he noted.

“My advice is to for them to take the negatives and turn them into positives, all is not lost because they have the league title to chase,” he reacted.

“Unfortunately Pirates doesn’t have a big squad or depth like (Mamelodi) Sundowns to compete on all fronts especially with the demands and challenges in Africa,” said the former Bucs keeper.

Coming back to the domestic title challenge, the Soweto giants sit third on the log table with 40 points behind Bidvest Wits and Sundowns, but Tlale reckons they can win it.

 “I think any team can win it, we have Wits who are still in it, Cape Town City are challenging and Sundowns will want to win it as well as SuperSport United,” he continued.

“I think Pirates will need to be consistent and they can win it without a doubt because we hardly see a consistent team in the league,” he reflected.

“It is very tough because any team can drop points and win in the second game. I believe it’s all about consistency for them,” he backed.

“On the other hand, the Caf exit is not bad for the club because they can qualify for next season's Champions League and they will go back with more experience,” concluded the former keeper.