De Sa rues missed chances
It was unacceptable to miss so many opportunities, Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa said of his team's performance against AC Leopards of Congo in their opening Caf Champions League Group A match played at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
“If it was a boxing match I think we would have won in on points but it wasn't, so you have to put the ball in the back of the net," De Sa said after countless scoring chances were missed during Saturday's game which ended in a goalless draw.
"The guys are a bit rusty and they are not 100 percent but they were still competitive out there, and will get better.”
The Bucs mentor said despite not putting the ball in the back of the net, he was impressed by his team's resilience and the number of chances they created.
“I think in the second half we were a lot better. We got into it and had some really good chances. At this level, you got to put those away.
"Overall, for our first performance, and at this level, I wasn't entirely unhappy but we have to do better and take our chances.”
Leopards coach Joseph Marius Omog said he was relieved to have come away with a draw and praised Pirates for their performance.
“I am satisfied about the point we got today but if the players had understood what I expected of them, we should have done much better,” he said.
“This is a very good Pirates team and if we want to beat them we will have to prepare and do much better than that.”
The draw sees both teams tied on a point each in a group which includes Egyptian heavyweights Zamalek and Al Ahly, who are set to fight it out on Wednesday.
Pirates travel to Cairo to play Al Ahly on August 4, while Leopards take on Zamalek on August 3.
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