Cape Town - Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler has urged local clubs to adopt a long-term outlook when it comes to taking part in African cup competitions.
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The Bucs boss expressed his disappointment at the fact that Bidvest Wits had been knocked out of the CAF Confederation Cup, with Gavin Hunt's men contriving to lose on penalties after surrendering a three-goal advantage from the first leg.
Tinkler is keen to avoid suffering the same fate when his charges take on Uganda Revenue Authority in just under two week's time.
"It is important that all South African teams take it very seriously," Tinkler is quoted as saying by KickOff.
"I think over these years, we have come to experience that if we can qualify for these type of tournaments.
"If we can go as far as possible, it not only bodes well for the clubs, but it bodes well for our national teams.
"I think we will reap the rewards when you look at the Under-17s now reaching the final. We will reap those rewards in four years' time. Unfortunately sometimes you've got to be looking to the future, not looking at the present.
"I think clubs need to do that, they need to look at what they will gain from it, maybe not today, but maybe in a couple of years' time.
"It's always sad to see Wits go out, I think we would have loved them to continue in the tournament.
"We didn't have the opportunity to play yet, but I can tell you that we are taking this competition seriously."
Pirates were handed a bye in the previous round and welcome URA to Orlando Stadium on the weekend of 13-15 March before travelling to Uganda for the return leg on the weekend of 3-5 April.