The 1995 African champions took to the field against Al Ahly on Sunday afternoon at Orlando Stadium needing a win to top the group, but had to settle for second spot after the goalless draw.
De Sa says: “We had chances and we should have put one away ... we played to win, there is no doubt about it. We’ve done the country proud and qualified for a change!”
The second place group finish means Pirates will play Tunisian giants Esperance in the semis, with the first leg early in October, but De Sa says he is ready for any opponent.
“That’s how it is. We will keep on going,” he says.