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Orlando Pirates coach expects thrilling encounter with Ahly

Orlando Pirates coach believes his team will face a tough challenge in Cairo Sunday amid support for Ahly from their fans

Mahmoud Elassal, Saturday 9 Nov 2013
Roger De Sa
Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa (Photo: Reuters)
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The day before the CAF Champions League final, Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa revealed his fears regarding fan attendance at the game against Ahly.

Ahly is scheduled to host South African side Orlando Pirates in the second-leg of the CAF Champions League final on Sunday in Cairo at the Arab Contractors Stadium amid full fan attendance.

"We are expecting a tough encounter and Ahly will have the support of their fans, something that has not happened for a while," Roger de Sa wrote on the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) website on Saturday.

"They are at home and will feel they have the edge," he added.

"We have relished playing away from home and the boys have coped well on tough away games, so the combination of these factors will make for a thrilling encounter," the tactician concluded.

Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates striker Lennox Bacela claimed that his team will play differently from the first-leg, when they drew 1-1 with the Cairo giants at home last week.  

"We did not get much success out of our attempts to breakdown their defence during the Soweto match," Bacela said.

"We did not do justice to the chances that we created and what we have been working on."

"Ahly has massive experience in these matches and in this tournament, and it is not going to be an easy game at all."

"We believe we can get a positive result on Sunday and will certainly use our speed and skill," the striker concluded.

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