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CAF Champions League match report: Orlando Pirates vs Al Ahly

Posted: 22 September 2013 Time: 14:31

Orlando Pirates are through to the CAF Champions League semi-finals after a 0-0 draw with Al Ahly at Orlando Stadium.

The draw is enough to take Bucs through, after Zamalek beat AC Leopards 4-1 in El Gouna, Egypt.

Pirates will meet Tunisian giants Esperance on October 4-6 in the semi-final, first leg, while Al Ahly are up against Coton Sport of Cameroon.

Al Ahly started confidently, with some nice passing play, but it was not long before Pirates went on the attack.

Lennox Bacela won an early corner, after his low shot was deflected out. During the resulting play Daine Klate hit a shot onto the arm of an Ahly defender, but the referee denied Pirates’ shouts for a penalty. Ahly were then dispossessed outside the box, but Bacela scuffed his shot wide.

Ahly, relying on long balls to their big forwards, then had a couple of chances of their own. Mohamed Aboutrika got a shot away after some clumsy defending from Pirates, but it was no trouble for Senzo Meyiwa.

Shortly after that Ahmed Abdul Zaher could have put the visitors ahead as he rose above Rooi Mahamutsa to receive a cross, but headed over the crossbar.

Pirates continued with their passing game, utilising Klate and Tlou Segolela on the wings, with Ahly happy to sit back and wait for the counter-attack.

On 25 minutes, news came through that AC Leopards were leading Zamalek 1-0, meaning Bucs needed a win to go through.

Sifiso Myeni hit the side netting on the half-hour mark, after a strong run by Patrick Phungwayo on the left. He beat two and put in the cross, which was half cleared and fell straight to Myeni’s feet just outside the box, but he dragged his shot wide.

On 32 minutes Zamalek equalised in El Gouna, while Klate sent a free-kick just over the bar.

Pirates came close to putting their noses in front, when Segolela turned his man and sent in a great left-footed cross. Klate slid in to meet the ball right in front of goal, but hit his shot inches wide.

Just before half-time Zamalek took the lead against Leopards in the other fixture, meaning the 0-0 scoreline would be enough for Pirates to go through.

Bucs’ heads seemed to drop a little at the start of the second half, and their passing suffered, with too many balls going astray. In fact, both sides took their foot off the pedal, possibly because of the scoreline in Egypt.

Lehlogonolo Masalesa had a chance from just outside the box, but seemed not to be able to decide whether to shoot or pass, and ended up hitting a weak shot that posed no threat to the Egyptians.

A few minutes later Myeni tried a hopeful shot from distance, but it was over the bar.

Zamalek then made it 3-1 against Leopards, and unfortunately it looked as if that result was slowing things down in Orlando, despite the fact that a win for Pirates would have seen them top the group and avoid a meeting with Tunisian giants Esperance in the next round.

De Sa brought Khetowakhe Masuku on for Segolela on 66 minutes, hoping to inject some pace into Bucs' attack.

Thulasizwe Mbuyane should have put Pirates ahead on 70 minutes, when Masuku scuffed the ball between two defenders in the box and found ‘Juju’, but the forward ballooned his shot over the bar from close range.

Ahly then had their best chance of the match when Abdallah El Said beat two defenders and collected a great ball over the top, but he fired his shot inches wide.

Klate came agonisingly close five minutes from time, when he managed to get a head to Masuku’s cross, but Sherif Ekramy made an impressive reaction block.

Roger de Sa brought on Ndumiso Mabena for Bacela in the dying minutes of the game, but he was not able to make an impact and the match ended at 0-0.

Pirates line-up: Meyiwa, Mahamutsa, Lekgwathi, Jele, Phungwayo, Masalesa, Manyisa, Bacela (Mabena 87), Myeni (Mbuyane 69), Segolela (Masuku 65), Klate

Al Ahly line-up: Ekrami; Fathi (Saad Samir 45), Shedid, Abdul-Fadil, Naguib; Rabiea, Shehab, Soliman, Al-Saied; Aboutrika (Nabil 90), Zaher (Da Silva 68)

Livefyre comments on this story...

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-09-22 14:04:34

Bacela is not effective today but we have no options

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-09-22 14:06:27

Phungwayo I really doing well today.... Well done RDS for giving him a chance

deeman dee
posted: 2013-09-22 14:11:47

Ac leopard had scored wow.

posted: 2013-09-22 14:13:43

3 Zamalek 1 Leopards

posted: 2013-09-22 14:37:54

Hee wats Pirate's excuse?

1.They have home ground advantage

2.Home support

3.The referee is on their side

4.Al Ahly is giving a game to them cos they have no pressure to win, they already qualified

5.Zamalek has done a job for them by beating AC Leopards.

Or are they just being cows?

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-09-22 14:47:28

I'm ashamed to be a Pirates supporter today... I hang my head in shame....

K bhaka
posted: 2013-09-22 14:52:28

Where are the fools who said we won't be in the semis?

where are they?

those. Zebra fools,khosiologyst and your foolish crew,where are you?

posted: 2013-09-22 14:52:58

A lovely draw. Another lovely in two days. We are marching over.

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-09-22 14:54:04

Thanks Rats, thanks Zamalek for job well done. otherwise Rats would've been history in this cup. they face undefeated Esperance. Eeish in the semis, I foresee a disaster.

posted: 2013-09-22 14:54:24


mphathi we Bucs
posted: 2013-09-22 14:54:48

Up the Bucs.

posted: 2013-09-22 14:54:56

Well done bucks....you have done the country proud..khosi for life

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2013-09-22 14:55:02

Thats y I like for the Pirates

mphathi we Bucs
posted: 2013-09-22 14:55:36

We told Zebras that we going through to the Semi final.

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-09-22 14:55:50

K bhaka Don't be angry Bacaneer, just go and wrap up the task on Tuesday. Ka Bo Yellow

posted: 2013-09-22 14:55:58

lets hear it from the haters!! Zebras where are you???

New age blogger
posted: 2013-09-22 14:56:06

Thank you Zamalek, Siyabonga Mabakaniya, we made it to the semi-finals.........*UpDaBucs* 

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2013-09-22 14:56:19

Zebras you are next now!

CAF Champions league& Proudly CCC Silver Medalist
posted: 2013-09-22 14:56:21

Halala Buccaneer...halala!

Top4 here we go!

Esperance is in trouble!

posted: 2013-09-22 14:56:24

The best four teams in Africa have been decided. It's a fact, not hallucination.

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