South-Africa

No stage fright for Bucs

2013-10-04 14:30
Roger De Sa (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates players will not be over-awed by the challenge when they face Tunisia's formidable Esperance in the first-leg semi-final of the Caf Champions League at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night, coach Roger de Sa said on Friday.

Winners 18 years ago and still the only South African club to have won the Champions League, Pirates were indeed in a position to provide a timely soccer boost for a country blighted by disappointments at both national and club level in recent years.

Founded in 1919 and multi-champions in both domestic and African competitions since, Esperance's record speaks for itself.

They have reached the Champions League final for the past three years, winning the prized trophy for the second time in 2011 and have been Tunisian League champions for the past four years in a row - rubber-stamping De Sa's belief that they are the most consistent team in Africa.

 

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