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Champions League Final Al Ahly No second star for Pirates

Posted: 10 November 2013 Time: 16:49

Orlando Pirates were denied a second star as they lost 2-0 to Al Ahly in the decisive leg of the CAF Champions League Final in Cairo on Sunday night.

The defending champions won the event for a record-extending eighth time thanks to second-half strikes from Egyptian legend Mohamed Aboutreika and Ahmed Abdel-Zaher at the Arab Contractors Stadium.

Ahly, 3-1 victors on aggregate, ended the game with ten men as Sherif Abdel-Fadil received his second caution for body-checking Daine Klate in an aerial challenge in the 83rd minute.

The teams traded blows in midfield in the opening exchanges, with Pirates winger Klate sending a tame free-kick straight at goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy following a foul on Sifiso Myeni.

At the other end, Ahly's Mohamed Naguib flashed a header wide of the target in the 15th minute. 

Bucs, continental champions in 1995, nearly broke the deadlock in the 20th minute, but Ekramy was quick off his line to foil Tlou Segolela in a one-on-one situation.

Pirates keeper Senzo Meyiwa was called into action two minutes later, as he parried away Abdel-Zaher's long-range effort.

Sea Robbers fullback Thabo Matlaba, who netted a last-gasp equaliser in the first leg, threatened just past the half-hour mark, but his powerful drive was well gathered by Ekramy.

Segolela wasted a great chance to score in the 35th minute, as he headed wide at the back post off a telling right-wing cross from Klate.

The hosts nearly struck a minute before the interval, but Meyiwa came to his side's rescue with a brave save to thwart Abdel-Zaher.

Ahly drew first blood nine minutes after the break, as an unmarked Aboutreika calmly stabbed the ball home from close range.

Bucs came agonisingly close to equalising but Lennox Bacela failed to hit an open net, albeit from a tight angle, after rounding the keeper.

However, the contest was effectively killed off when Abdel-Zaher placed the ball past Meyiwa inside the box in the 78th minute, with the visitors unable to find a way back.

It was an especially remarkable triumph for Al Ahly given the lengthy suspension of their domestic football due to ongoing political unrest in the north African country.

Al Ahly: Sherif Ekramy, Sherif Abdel-Fadil, Wael Gomaa, Mohamed Naguib, Sayed Moawad, Ahmed Fathi, Hosssam Ashour, Abdallah El-Said, Walid Soliman (Kenawi 73'), Mohamed Aboutreika, Ahmed Abdel-Zaher (Rabia 84').

Orlando Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Lucky Lekgwathi, Thabo Matlaba, Rooi Mahamutsa, Ayanda Gcaba, Lehlogonolo Masalesa, Oupa Manyisa, Sifiso Myeni, Tlou Segolela (Mbesuma 75'), Daine Klate (Makola 86'), Lennox Bacela.

Livefyre comments on this story...

1in10
posted: 2013-11-10 14:55:01

There we go........

The Dream
posted: 2013-11-10 14:59:05

Kubooooooooooh

KidKudu7
posted: 2013-11-10 15:01:36

Makuyiwe...forward Mighty Buccaneers!!!

McCokhoba
posted: 2013-11-10 15:01:52

Makola pls jus after 45 min 

Bhakaniyaforlife
posted: 2013-11-10 15:03:14

It's Now or never.... Our time has come,Once and always......

COLONEL99
posted: 2013-11-10 15:03:45

It doesnt get better than this

Azania
posted: 2013-11-10 15:03:48

I read that our soldiers started singing outside their hotel in a way that the locals came out to witness their unbreakable spirit. They brought everything to a stand still. The report says "some is their first attempt to conquer Africa, some could be their last!" I hope the time has come for us to be counted among the best in the world.

UP THE BUCS

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2013-11-10 15:10:15

Up the Bucs... siyabangena manje

New age blogger
posted: 2013-11-10 15:12:33

 Now, this is inside the stadium. fb.me/6xY2aJKX3

tikitakabucselona2
posted: 2013-11-10 15:12:41

Matlaba you promised that the u guys have a trick up your sleeves, I can't wait to see what you guys have planned to unlock the bus.

New age blogger
posted: 2013-11-10 15:13:04

The situation is getting out of control with fans breaking in from everywhere as you can see from this picture. fb.me/37VjsnW46

Ace of London
posted: 2013-11-10 15:13:59

Gud luck magebhula frm the yellow natives

The matured one
posted: 2013-11-10 15:14:17

     I wrote this and I was criticized but come the second leg It will happen as I wished: I foresee Sad faces of Orlando Pirates players on the front page after the final!

The problem is that Pirates have won the first and second leg of the final before it is played, yes Al ahly is not at it best judging by the past games they have played but Pirates must be careful!

They were favorites against Platinum stars and they lost, against Chiefs, and they drew.

Win the first leg with an avalanche of goals then you can brag all you like!

I am matured- I do not count chickens before they are hatched!

I repeat, you are a good team and even God knows that if you win CCL that would be more like a curse to other PSL teams, because you would boast about it for another five decades to come hence I wish you lose this weekend. As South Africans we are already proud- there is nothing  more you can do, sit down!

Poetic Galaxy
posted: 2013-11-10 15:16:11

The biggest game of the African club calendar. More than anyone else, if Myeni can come to the party with Klate, we will score more goals.We must take the game to them from the first whistle. They tire quickly and are very slow. We must capitalise on that.The coach should not take long to make the substitutions where necessary.

tikitakabucselona2
posted: 2013-11-10 15:16:31

@KeoManeezyJay  But why put our player's lives at such risk? I hate countries like these ! I'm telling you that the only way out for Bucs is if they lose! If they win all hell will break loose ! we will see missiles from all directions, bombs everywhere! this is sad!

bucsBeauty
posted: 2013-11-10 15:16:50

goodluck guyz...do us proud..

Azania
posted: 2013-11-10 15:24:20

The matured one 

Please stop being immature now. Shut up and sit down. We have heard you. What is your point now? Just sit down and I wish you get a heart attack after the game.

We do not need such rubbish people in our country! Go to your country and support them there! Sies.

UP THE BUCS

New age blogger
posted: 2013-11-10 15:25:51

 Al Ahly fans on top of the scoreboard... Unreal stuff. #ACLfinal pic.twitter.com/PnOQozvRA0"

mogogi
posted: 2013-11-10 15:26:08

Goodluck boys.......

New age blogger
posted: 2013-11-10 15:26:28

 @bucsBeauty  Where've u been Sugar?

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