Absa Premiership

De Sa: Clean sheet the key

2015-11-18 16:00
Roger de Sa and Eric Tinkler (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town coach Roger de Sa advised Orlando Pirates to tighten up their defence for the CAF Confederations Cup final first-leg against Etoile du Sahel.

The two-leg affair begins with the first leg at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday and De Sa believes not conceding an away goal holds the key to victory for the Sea Robbers.

"The key factor on Saturday is not to concede," De Sa said as quoted by Sowetan Live.

"Everybody talks about 'we have to score, we have to score', but I think not conceding is going to be a bigger issue,"

"If you can take 0-0 with you [into the second-leg] it is a lot better than if you concede a goal and win the game still.

"With the way Pirates play, and the way those teams play at home where they open up a bit, Pirates can score. My view is to keep it tight.

"It could be a little bit boring at home. But if you can sneak a 1-0 win it is fantastic, but for me the clean sheet is the key at home."

Kick-off is at 20:00.

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