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CAF Champions League match report: Zamalek 2 Orlando Pirates 1

Posted: 1 September 2013 Time: 17:50

Orlando Pirates lost 2-1 to Zamalek in the CAF Champions League in El Gouna on Sunday.

A win would have sent Pirates through to the semi-finals, but now they will have to wait until the next round of fixtures to be sure of qualification.

Zamalek came out all guns blazing, and put Pirates under pressure from the first minute of the match.

The Egyptians went 1-0 up on six minutes, when Lucky Lekgwathi had fouled Shikabala in the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot.

Eid Abdel Malek stepped up to take the spot-kick and sent Senzo Meyiwa the wrong way to put the hosts ahead.

Bacela grabbed the equaliser just after the half-hour mark, after surging up the left wing, turning his defender and beating goalkeeper Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed with a low shot.

Four minutes from half-time Bacela should have made it 2-1 to Bucs, but his shot was saved by Al-Sayed.

Early in the second half Meyiwa did well to punch a cross away and keep the score at 1-1, but a few minutes later he misread a corner-kick, and the ball reached an unmarked Salah Soliman at the far post, who headed home to give the hosts the lead again.

Meyiwa did well again on the hour mark, denying Ahmed Gaafar in a one-on-one situation, and a few minutes later he deflected a shot from Ahmed Gaafar.

Andile Jali was cautioned in the 65 minute, and will miss Bucs’ next CAF match.

12 minutes from time Zamalek had a penalty shout denied, after the ball hit Rooi Mahamutsa on the arm in the box.

Ndumiso Mabena, who was brought on for Bacela with 10 minutes to go, could have levelled the scores three minutes before full time, but Hamada Tolba got himself in the way of his shot.

The win is Zamalek’s first in the Champions League group stages.

Pirates remain top of Group B, equal on seven points with Al-Ahly, but ahead on a goal difference of +5 to Ahly’s -1.

AC Leopards and Zamalek are third and fourth, respectively, with four points each.

Orlando Pirates next travel to AC Leopards on September 15, while Al-Ahly will host Zamalek on September 22.


Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:05 pm
I still take my hat off to Pirates irrespective of the results........Lucky Lekgwathi continue to amaze me give that man a Bell's and as for Baxter, u r a good finisher. I think fatigue played its part for pirates. aluta continua buccanea..........I would not celebrate your loss as u were fighting for the country. Hadi gents.
posted: 06:05 pm
zamalek and Ahly will eliminate each other. OP community is thru to the semis.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:05 pm
No Ramadan no win for these things. Sies !
posted: 06:05 pm
Ja Eish, I think there will be a less noise a bit...
They(Gorillas) were chasing shadows almost the entire game...
Dankie Zamalek
Takesure RDS
posted: 06:06 pm
1 win we are through believe we will beat Al Ahly at the Orlando Stadium i can put a bet on this one
Heavy J Merrick
posted: 06:06 pm
Is Rodger De Sa's job safe now...?
posted: 06:06 pm
Sad for the lost, meaning less noise la SA.... Khosi till, till!!!
posted: 06:07 pm
Also the Thabo Matlaba yellow card is a blessing in disguise in my opinion.

This guy has been poor. His shots are poor, decision making in possession of the ball; he's irritating me.

I think Gcaba and Phungwayo must fight it out for left back and Matlaba and Jele must fight it out for right back. This should maybe help these guys to improve their performances.

Although the Lion King will be missed. But we have more than enough to fill his void for our game against Leopards. Moholo and Makola must be trusted for that game.

Otherwise there isn't much to complain about. We will improve.

Up the Bucs

Gold Evoque
posted: 06:07 pm
Danki Zamalek.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:07 pm
No Ramadan no win for these animals. Sies !
Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 06:07 pm
Orlando Pirates Fan they still go to O.R. Tambo Airport to Welcome the Gorillas Tomorrow Morning.
Roger Di Sa is still Abraham or Moses.
Love & Peace.
Reclaiming the Star
posted: 06:08 pm
We always conceed a penalty in all of our away games.
Referee was bit harsh but our soldiers fought back and what a goal by Bacela.
Musona can learn a lot from Bacela who does not miss in 10 yards.

We played well and AJ15 is amazing.
Leopard is in trouble but again penalty might let us down
posted: 06:08 pm
I still take my hat off to Pirates irrespective of the results........Lucky Lekgwathi continue to amaze me give that man a Bell's and as for Baxela, u r a good finisher. I think fatigue played its part for pirates. aluta continua buccanea..........I would not celebrate your loss as u were fighting for the country. Hadi gents.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 06:09 pm
I can't remember how long ago I don't complain after a loss.

It wasn't an easy game for Zamalek.

Big ups to the technical team and the boys.

All is not lost we are still on top of the log

Up the Bucs
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:09 pm
No single shot at goal by Chibuku FC for the entire second half. Sies ! Ke dimpya dilo tse !
GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 06:09 pm
Hard luck....magundwane

U still on it...push harder next game

This is 4 u to loose

Hade Guys
posted: 06:09 pm
deBucposted: 06:04 pm  |  Report
Goldposted: 06:00 pm | Report
There's No Way Pierats will Win @DRC! The Caf dream must just be let Go! Its pathetic to think this shadow of a team can Win the champions league! The sun will set very soon and will get to see who's who! And no one can see Black in darkeness!

Orlando PieRATS shut up and sit down! We told you, but its sad that ALL of you here suffer from a mind of a RAT

Gold is and will always be.,,,,, the only high Standard!!

Leopard is not from DRC wena Mada Facker!!!! It's from Congo jou Muur!!!
My deepest apology RAT! Its congo Not DR Congo....... Still no win there!
posted: 06:09 pm
I'm nt worried bucs r goin 2 d same final with al ahly nd I think 1 point wl b enough 4 bucs 2 go through cz we goina play leopards nd zamalek v al ahly,in our next game we wl do d job against leopards,zamalek nd al ahly took 3 points frm leopards of which we wl do d same

Let d haters celebrate

Anyway hw far r they frm lickin their wounds?
posted: 06:09 pm
We still got two more games to play in the group stages... and we definately going to win one of them! We just need one win to advance to the semis...or just two draws will be enough. So Zebras must not Celebrate yet! Bucs4eva
posted: 06:10 pm
No stress ghost it was bound to come at some point we were gonna loose we need to regroup and go back to the drawing board. Nothing has been lost we still in the driving sit now we need up our game in the next 2 games and pocket 4 points or above
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