De Sa: We got a good fight
Roger de Sa (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates were surprised by amateur outfit Djabal FC, according to head coach Roger de Sa, who insists they will not underestimate the underdogs in their return leg CAF Champions League clash, despite their significant advantage.
Zimbabwean international Takesure Chinyama scored four goals and Sifiso Myeni struck once to give the Buccaneers a 5-0 win over Djabal in their first leg preliminary round clash at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.
“For us this game was a question of the unknown," De Sa said.
"We didn’t really know how they were going to play and it was frustrating at times, especially their offside trap.
"For a team of amateurs, or semi-professionals, they really gave us a good fight and this is a good wakeup call for us.
"We wanted more goals but we rested some of our key players and we got the result. I just hope this lead will be enough."
Djabal coach Ahamada Jambay refused to blame the altitude or the conditions for his side's crushing defeat, sending a warning to Pirates that his side would aim to hit back in the return leg.
The visiting side have won the east African island's league title two years running, and Jambay hoped to have some his key players available for the next fixture.
“This was not a question of the geographic conditions. We came against a professional team - and just to remind you, we come from Comoros, and all our teams are amateurs," Jambay said.
"There are two of my most experienced players who have played for the national team seven times and were not available today.
"We don’t pay our players and they are all volunteers, who play for pleasure, so we could bring an element of surprise."