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Orlando Pirates geared for all competitions says coach Julio Leal

Posted: 13 February 2012 Time: 17:40

Orlando Pirates coach Julio Leal believes his squad is prepared for the triple-barelled challenge staring them in the face, the CAF Champions League being the most highly desired piece of silverware they are chasing this year.

The colossal mission of conquering the continent sandwiches the task of retaining the League and Nedbank Cup titles on the domestic scene.

"We are not under any kind of pressure," insists Leal ahead of the long road ahead, which begins with a League fixture against Black Leopards at home on Wednesday, before they square off with Angolan club Recreativo de Libolo on Sunday in Port Elizabeth in the Champions League.

Leal must surely have reason to believe this, as his squad has been beefed up during the January transfer window with Luis Boa Morte, Sifisio Myeni, Thandani Ntshumayelo and Njabulo Manqana all joining.

"All the players that we have will be used in all competitions. We will not be having different teams for different competitions because to us all games that we will be playing are of equal importance starting with the game against Leopards that we are ready for.

"It is only the Champions League where we will not be able to use all players because not all the players are registered. However, I am happy with the squad from which I have to select my 18 players from for every game that we will be playing.

"All new players that have come in will add value because they are all quality, which makes for healthy competition in the team," says Leal.

The Brazilian says friendly matches against teams from Zambia and Angola have prepared them perfectly for the African safari.

"Regarding the Champions League we are ready. We have been able to use the long break to play against teams from Zambia and Angola which has helped with our preparations for the Champions League. The Reserve League has also provided us with good competition because all our players have been active," says Leal.

Meanwhile, Leal has rolled down the red carpet for the club's Zambian midfielder Isaac Chansa after Chipolopolo wrote a piece of history by winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time.

The Zambians needed a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out to overcome favourites Cote d'Ivoire, a befitting honour for their squad that perished off the coast of Gabon in 1993.

Chansa was heavily involved in the game, in which Zambia showed absolutely no fear for their more-fancied opponents, capping off his performance by scoring in the shoot-out.

As the reality of Africa's new champions continues to sink in, Leal is already pleased that he has a continental champion in his dressing-room ahead of the club's African travels.

"I want to congratulate Zambia for showing that if you have the desire to win you can do it. For us we also pleased that one of our own Isaac Chansa was part of that squad that made history by winning the cup," says Leal.

Article by: Lovemore Moyo

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:11 pm
Well after pierete won the afcon last nyt, now their are gearing up to defend it on champions lig version. Their star striker, who is a mother of all cape town burgers is fit enough after he was boring and cold on ssp studios. Coach Lilian has found a new tool to keep himself awake during matches, infects it Manyambela who has volunteer to play with the coaches marble balls the entire match.
Khoza is happy, manto is not pregnant. Boa morta was given a green light to take leave every month so he can collects his grant back in portugal.

Steve Leokoela has sold, or should I say has lost all his pirates jersey on gambling( ispiningi ). Jerry skhosane is still recovering from hospital after he tried to embarked the a moving train, metrorail has refused to pay the damages bcos he didn't have a ticket.
Well dat it nezasemathuneni,
Mgugudi: The Treble Addict
posted: 06:15 pm
Here comes distruction.....
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 06:17 pm
all de playas are smiling unlike at downs were sen-sai neeskens give instruction wearing short pants n holding a sai-kwi..

at chimps is worst cos VV mentioned long time ago dat chiefs is not his priority, entlek, which coach in de world can priotize an average team

we celebrated a nilestone of 75 yrs de bucs way...all de cups. all de madals u need in soccer are at bucs, which one are u looking for? macufe, try next door at the cabbage centre.

u wth a yellow t-shirt wat are u looking for? mswati challenge cup? try at our secret lover in mamelodi
brazilito itz indeed sad dawana, i lyk listening to her track of "i wana dance wth somebody who loves me". it always remind me of the unconditional love lady mamelodi kung fu panda gives their husband

i thank her for sharing her god given talent wth us b4 she was called. she had an awesome voice. thanks whitney for trying to show us love...the world have lost one of itz angels. RIP WHITNEY, LEGHOD-FADA GODFREY NESPRAY MALOSE TSWELENG WILL "ALWAYS LOVES U"

the likes of arthur bartman must learn from u...a man must be able to express love wth words not fist
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 06:28 pm
brazilito de briliant bhari

u typa amasimba, have u been eating simba? uzozisola ndoda-kazi who is always after ada womens men...entlek many are angry cos a bucs playa won the afcon. but we bacaneers are going to give ur playas moral sapot in their high court bribe cases
undisputed champ mgugudi

their poet goat mamodube calls dis three, sweyts, brazilito n special one(i prefer squirrel one) as de weapons of mass destruction. since bucs castrated dem over five times in 3 weeks dey have been lyk dis...

sandoms sapotas will neva fill a bicycle carrier in de next ten years
posted: 06:34 pm

In philosopher Leal we believe
posted: 06:40 pm
@brazilitto, try again baba, you sound very very very very very very verx STUPID here.
The Ghost
posted: 07:12 pm
@ brazilitto, kante monna what the hell is your problem? Oh I know your overly inflated underachieving team has yet to live up to expectations let alone win something worth mentioning. Meanwhile here you are attacking a team that has EVERY single trophy in its cabinet to offer.
posted: 07:13 pm
@sabelo and nespray

Wait a minutes nasengcwala kangaka yistapede samagundwane. Ningazophapha la kungakithi. Lucky legwathi has won pieRETTE player of the month. We was given a dozen of Rambo knifes, and now for the sad news. Ndumiso Mabena was bitten by sfiso myeni after he tried to rob him pointer golf shirt. He is in hospital.
The Ghost
posted: 07:13 pm
@ Sabelo, I have got to agree with you broer.
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 07:17 pm
king? where is lordjerry? since my return he never comment...plz lord, wherever u are, reading dis commment u mas know dat nespray misses u...plz come back champ, lets help chansa wth celebrations

juan champ pablo-do u rememba dis bhakajuju champ? champ pablo plz come back to us, ur valuable input is missed...ur one of de best blogas

any hobo and a poor men rich in heart(ndunu fc) even if u can try to copy-cat dis best blogas u will never come ALRIGHT...the spirit of de mighty champs shall prevail

pirates will never surrender de ligue....positive statement in simple terms itz an objective statement of fact
posted: 07:21 pm
@the ghost..champ am happy to read your comments at dis tym of the day(although u re attacking me 4 no reasons). I was starting to think u re a really ghost.
Ubusuwu Mr midnyt dj gundwane. Yellow is the all time champ.
champ nespray is a movie star look-alike coach
posted: 07:50 pm
brazilito wa bhari

knock n wait 4 us to accept u. n who told u to put off ur mining boots cos they are stinking yellow dung...ur about to win de mpundulo nickname,lol. i would lyk to go out wth u, but itz de opening of my garage door,lol. bak thakathile, umthakathi we zindaba u mamodube de jackals poet,lol

sandunu have been lying a lot, telling the flop fans that 2 b a dawana playa u need to be intelligent. mphela will reach two weeks sleeping if he dont wake up tomoro, itz believed laffo gave him strong cocaine from liberia. pelembe is a vegeterian, no wonder de lack of meat in his body,lol. sad news is dat their new signee hlompho kekana have a round shape n he rolls even in his sleep, he cracked his skull after falling on a single bed at mamelodi hostel..

mamelodi mzimba shaker will be rememberd by pirates fans as de wiping boys of de champs...sandoms will neva beat bucs until they stop playing football slow-motion tik-dagga

pirates is sandoms boss...we bully dem even in schools...brazilitos n sweyts of dis world dnt eat their lunch any more
posted: 08:06 pm
We will win the lig for Up the Mdidis like zambia won the double thick champions lig. Benni triple thick will donate anada 100k, dis time it gonna be the sheep head only braai, black label will be supplied in two litre bottles only. While the likes of irvin, joseph and mbuyane will be depending on the Okapi no 1 supplier Legwathi. Izinto zakoMyeni, mpandlana will be using their god given knives.

March 13 is our date, chill bomnyamane.
posted: 08:08 pm
@gayfrey, please leave the poor goverment computer alone and clock off, Ms. Sifiso YOYO Myeni is waiting for you, she wants to give you a HAPPY VALENTINE love-bite. Don't forget to get her flowers, I'm sure you love that big-teethed smile.
posted: 08:40 pm
In reality we dnt have any competition in psl, all other 15 teams are pathetic if not useless. Our real test is CL in Africa, we will bring it home like zambia did, southern africa for life.
posted: 09:41 pm
Mr Leal, u now have all the resources u needed as a coach.....and you must bear in my mind that anything less than a win will not be accepted, we want that trophy and no jika-jika!
Jealous Down
posted: 08:35 am
The Alligator and The Pensioner signed for Bucs in belief that they can defend the league, I don't see it happening since their prolific last minute goal poacher Happy Jele is in the hospital wards. McFatty plays one game, he then gets injured or get suspended. All this is intentional since he'll have plenty time to indulge on his burgers.
posted: 08:41 am
Its time we start destroying all of them now...kickstarting with Black Leopards. Leal you've got full-strength squad so there's not gona b excuses here
Jealous Down
posted: 08:41 am
I fail to understand if someone comments here claiming that his/her team has no competition while it is languishing at joint position 5 with other 2 teams and also 7 points adrift from the log leaders. People are so retarded!
Jam Jam
posted: 09:23 am
I'm impressed to hear from Leal that the current Bucs squad is capable to deliver in every competition.
For sure now it's time for Bucs to shine than never before. Let's show them that treble is the history, and big things are on the way.
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