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‘Esperance loss was a learning curve’

Orlando Pirates skipper Happy Jele says their defeat of the campaign away to Esperance last month was a huge learning curve for some of the players in the squad.

Pirates suffered their first defeat on this season CAF Champions League campaign when they went down 2-0 to the defending champions in Tunis three-and-a-half weeks ago.

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That defeat, however, proved costly as they fell from top of Group B to third place, and at risk of missing out on progression to the quarterfinals of the competition.

But, being amongst only a hand-full of players at the club to have previously tasted continental football, Jele says the experience can be used to get effect as they now look to bounce back at home to bottom-of-the-group FC Platinum this evening (21h00).

“There’s a lot of new guys in the team this season, and our pre-season was outside the country [in Zambia] so some of them started noticing how African teams play,” said Jele.

“And then obviously going to Tunisia and losing was a learning curve for some of the guys, because they are not used to that [sort of experience].

“The only thing that I’m doing after that loss is just to motivate them to play their normal game and represent the badge as best as possible, because it’s important to stay and go far in this competition.”

“The only thing that I’m doing after that loss is just to motivate them to play their normal game and represent the badge as best as possible, because it’s important to stay and go far in this competition.”

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