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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...

Heavy J Merrick
posted: 06:10 pm
Rodger is taking de road dat i expected him to take long time ago. Lead them Rodger Lead them Abraham thy deserve to B in there ePANANA
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:11 pm
deBucposted: 06:01 pm | Report

All is not lost!! If our neighbours have hope that they will equalize against SuperSport 2nite why shud we lose hope??

Surely you can try something better. ZAmalek 2 Chibuku FC 1
posted: 06:11 pm
No train smash the pain is less than what others felt last night.Lets regroup against leopards n consolidate our lead.Hope Al ahly vs zebralek will with a draw.No need to or point fingers at individuals.Let the animals celebrate our loss.
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 06:11 pm

posted: 06:05 pm | Report

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.


Wow! you are slowly gaining my respect.
Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 06:11 pm
I Predict Orlando Pirates not going to the Semi's of CAF League and been Knockout in the Semi's of MTN 8 By Kaizer Chiefs.
KUZONYIWA eOrlando This Season!
Love & Peace.
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 06:12 pm
Mxm no story here....this was expected.
Captain Morgan
posted: 06:13 pm
Wena editor hambogeza amafinyila so dat uzacabanga grand with ur unnecesary heading, it s quite clear dat u wrote it wit a zebrish attitude tryn 2 plz ur fellow mammals...#semis is where we r goin#
Takesure RDS
posted: 06:13 pm
The SA media needs to swallow its pride and starts supporting Pirates in better or worse, look how egyptians are behind their teams, only here in SA you find Zebras against a team that is trying by all means to bring the pride of MZANSI back again.
amakhosi r crooks
posted: 06:13 pm
Im happy to lose n remain top of the log.im stl very proud of pirates.we built a dignity n Africa whereby zamalek showed how much respect pirates deserve.up the Bucs...
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:13 pm
Truth be told Zamalek are a useless team. They are more or less of the same standard as our own Bidvest Wits.

The fact that Chibuku FC lost to such a useless team speals volume.
posted: 06:14 pm
Our players needs to play their opponents well, this things of yellow cards it will cost us if we are not cognizant. I also didn't like how we got those yellow cards cause we played them very bad. MOYA O MOTLE DIPAPADI. As for Mabena MXM... As for Manyesa, he needs to ameliorate his passes. As for meyiwa he needs to ameliorate in long balls cause he jumps for nothing... Buccaneer for life till I become P.R O
posted: 06:14 pm
Chimpanzees in South Africa lost we lost in Egypt we squareed up Chimpanzees besides we lead the leugue u said we will lose in, We shall prevail, we Bucs - We Conquer We Conquer and again We Conquer, No surrender
posted: 06:14 pm
Goldposted: 06:09 pm | Report
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!
Apology accepted Mfene!!!
Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 06:15 pm
Maybe i was watching the wrong game.
Were was tikatika kamina kawena kawena kamina tikakatikati Yamasimba.
Love & Peace.
posted: 06:15 pm
Masalesa??? Are you not only pathetic in the field but also your coconut accent?? This boy is just a one round person! There's nothing da! And the though of being compared with Vierra, its a cold and dismal one!

This team and its UNhygenic fans crusly need Viagra! Steem is OUT!
posted: 06:15 pm
Well done boys. This is a long journey, we still on top!!!
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:15 pm
The dagga smoking Chibuku fans love talking about useless records.

I am surprised that they are so quite about the fact that useless Zamalek have never won a group match in the last 5 years inside or outside Egypt. Sies !
CJB Ramses III
posted: 06:15 pm
We went a bit over our heads already analyzing Bayern Munich tapes... its fine we had every right... but we had no right losing to Zama-Zama... we went into the game with a mentality of saying any result is fine when we should have focused on playin to win...

Its as if we ye to believe that we are top dog in Africa at the moment... For the first time the pressure is on for Congo B.
King Leonidas
posted: 06:15 pm
We defended too deep and like a zebra faced by Lion the Nerves got to us,and so we got purnished, It was a penalty no doubt about that and No complains from either...

However We ll beat Al ahly and AC leopards, that I can guarantee you...

Keep ur head up We aint mad at you like Pac said Life goes on my brothers, Life goes on...

Up the bucs! We are Mighty!
Sefeba sa Neturena
posted: 06:16 pm
Why so much noise, Pirates still on top of the group n they will make it 2 semi finals. Players show they can make it even though other a given questionable penalties.
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