Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler feels it will be difficult to motivate his players for the rest of the season after they were eliminated from the Nedbank Cup last weekend.
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The Buccaneers lost 1-0 to Supersport United at the Peter Mokaba stadium, and are realistically just left with a second-tier African club competition trophy to play for.
Tinkler's side are still in the CAF Confederation Cup and will travel to Uganda to play the second-leg of the tie against Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) after winning the home encounter 2-1.
With a league title seemingly out of the question, they are 11 points behind Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs with seven games to go, Tinkler feels second position in the league is still worth fighting for this season.
The 44-year-old Tinkler was quoted as saying in the Sowetan: "It's going to be very difficult [to motivate players], but they need to be professional in terms of their attitude and in terms of how they apply themselves.
"I have stated we want to finish second in the league because we want to qualify for the Champions League.
"It's important that I relay the message to the players and make them understand they have to be disciplined."