Morale high ahead of Zamalek tie: Orlando Pirates coach

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 28 Aug 2013

Beating rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the domestic league is a great boost for Orlando ahead of Zamalek tie, says Roger de Sa

Orlando Pirates coach
South Africa's Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa

South Africa's Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa believes his team is in a good mood ahead of Sunday's Champions League clash against Zamalek, but says they still have a lot of work to do.

The Whites will be hosting the South African team in the Red Sea resort of Gouna in the fourth round of the prestigious tournament.

The Egyptian heavyweights must win the game to keep their chances alive after being dropped to the bottom of Group A with just a single point after three games.

Orlando Pirates, who have accumulated seven points to be the group leaders, have been boosted by a recent victory over rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the domestic league.

"I think we could not get a better preparation for this match against Zamalek," Roger de Sa told Orlando's official website on Tuesday.

"A win against (Kaizer) Chiefs before we got to Egypt to face a team of Zamalek’s calibre is a real boost for the overall morale of the team.

"I truly believe the win against Chiefs has put us in good stead as we prepare for our match against Zamalek over the weekend," the French coach added.

"Our next two games will be crucial for us," explained the Buccaneers tactician.

"We have this trip to Egypt and then to Congo Brazzaville – we are in a good space at the moment and the morale in the group is great but there’s still a lot of work to be done," he concluded.

Under the guidance of coach Helmi Toulan, five-time African champions Zamalek are seeking their first continental title since 2002.

Zamalek's rivals Ahly and Congo's AC Leopards are in second and third places respectively at Group A (four points apiece), with only goal difference separating the two.

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