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Pule not happy about Orlando Pirates missing out on Caf competitions

Vincent Pule of Orlando Pirates.
Vincent Pule of Orlando Pirates.
Image: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Star Orlando Pirates winger Vincent Pule says the Buccaneers not playing in continental competitions is a setback for the club, especially after they went all the way and reached the final of the Caf Confederations Cup last season.

Pirates were defeated in the final of the Confederations Cup by Moroccan club RS Berkane in May. They were sunk 5-4 via penalty shootouts in neutral Uyo, Nigeria.

They miss out Confederation of African Football (Caf) competitions in 2022-23 because they finished sixth in the DStv Premiership in 2021-22.  

“It has been difficult accepting we are not playing in any Caf club competition this year,” Pule said.

“We had hoped we could but it did not happen. But we must work hard next season so we get a Champions League spot. We all know Pirates have a rich history and as a collective we have to make sure the club is back in Caf.”

The 30-year-old attacking midfielder explained the differences between their disappointing domestic campaign and reaching the Confed final.

“The guys grabbed their opportunities in Caf matches but they could not perform at the same tempo in the domestic league. If they could convert their chances in the PSL, we could be speaking a different language.

“I was not happy because I did not play much because of injuries. I am feeling a lot better now. I  had a tough season and I am taking baby steps.

“The best thing for me to do is concentrate on recovering and staying injury-free so I can come back and do what I do best – score goals.”

Pirates open their 2022-23 Premiership campaign on Saturday against Swallows FC at the Orlando Stadium.

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