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Orlando Pirates in CAF Champions League Final

Posted: 19 October 2013 Time: 19:07

Orlando Pirates booked their spot in the African Champions League Final after drawing 1-1 with Esperance in the second leg of their last-four tussle on Saturday night.

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Bucs, who face either Al Ahly or Coton Sport in next month's showpiece decider, advanced via the away goals rule, with Rooi Mahamutsa netting a crucial 51st minute opener at the Olympic Stadium of Rades.

Iheb Msakni equalised four minutes later but it was not enough for the Tunisian giants following the goalless stalemate in the first leg at Orlando Stadium.

The result helped ease the disappointment of 2006, when Pirates were knocked out of the event at the semi-final stage by another Tunisian outfit, CS Sfaxien.

Esperance dictated the pace of the game early on, and thrice, around the half-hour mark, triggered unconvincing stops from Senzo Meyiwa, who needed the woodwork to assist at one stage.

The Buccaneers goalkeeper was not helped by having a green laser shone into his eyes throughout the contest courtesy of some of the home support.

Earlier, Pirates winger Tlou Segolela had a great chance to score in the 18th minute when put through one-on-one with the keeper but opted to cross to Lennox Bacela, with his delivery easily intercepted.

The Sea Robbers showed intent straight after the break, with Bacela squeezing a shot wide before Daine Klate's close range header was brilliantly foiled by Moez Ben Cherifa in the 49th minute.

Mahamutsa broke the deadlock soon after as he headed in a Segolela corner from the right at the near post.

The lead was short-lived, though, as Msakni swept in a right-wing cross in the 55th minute.

Stand-in captain Happy Jele then headed a Segolela cross from the right on to the upright, with Bacela blasting over on the rebound.

However, Roger de Sa's men, who were playing their 14th game of the competition, ultimately held their nerve to thwart the two-time continental champions, despite some tense moments in the closing stages.

The Final will take place across two legs, with the opening duel scheduled for the first weekend of November. 

Pirates are the only South African side to have won CAF's premier club tournament, achieving the feat in 1995.

Esperance: Ben Cherifa, Derbali, Chemmam, Dhaouadi, Ben Mansour, Ragued, Aouadhi, Afful (Akaichi 57’), Belaili, Darragi (Msakni 46’), Ndjeng (Jouini 77’).

Pirates: Meyiwa, Jele, Mahamutsa, Gcaba, Matlaba, Manyisa, Jali, Segolela, Klate, Myeni, Bacela (Mbesuma 86’).

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2013-10-19 18:18:37

I just left my friend's birthday party to come see this beautiful team. Hope we pull it off. beautiful pass, amateurish segolela. Gcaba - I hope you minimize such unnecessary tackling at the back.

posted: 2013-10-19 18:18:40

Aowa Segolela monna!


posted: 2013-10-19 18:19:59

eish...stupid dstv signal. costing me. it's like I am playing a scratched music cd or watching scratched dvd movie now.

Jay Bee
posted: 2013-10-19 18:23:09

This broke boy on my profile pic is a cow with two feet! Ha ha ha ha

posted: 2013-10-19 18:25:15

Joe Banana, hahaha, what - a milky lane cow?

posted: 2013-10-19 18:26:48

Hayi man this corrupt referee tsa ko Africa is starting to get on my nerves slowly

posted: 2013-10-19 18:30:37

Meyiwa ska robala saani

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-19 18:44:58

Good play...only if Tlou was able to kill the game....bad referring all round

posted: 2013-10-19 18:46:14

Supersport we deserve betterc not a pirates hater commentator

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2013-10-19 18:47:46

Jealous down Pirates ke boss... Esperance chasing shadows in their own backyard! Shapa Pirates Shapa

posted: 2013-10-19 18:47:59

Pirates can win this game, this team is an empty shell.....our boys don't seem to what to exploit them though!

Glamour Boy
posted: 2013-10-19 18:50:42

I am very impressed with the referee of this match. He is been fair so far.

posted: 2013-10-19 18:55:06

If only RDS could replace Tlou with Makola we will win this game, Tlou is hopeless in decision making and this has been going on for too long!

posted: 2013-10-19 18:55:42

Although I was doubting the performance of the boys throughout the week. Being glued to the scratchy tv screen (courtesy of the wind shaking the dish outside) right now, I find myself extremely satisfied with the half hour mark performance from these boys. Esperance still not as dangerous as I had thought. Besides a few chances they created, I still think we are handling them with much need care and authority. Sebayasazi ukuthi singabobani right now. Simple.

posted: 2013-10-19 18:55:53

Segolela is my man of the match

posted: 2013-10-19 18:56:12

Referee not bad at all, we should be at least one up miyeni where is he, bring in makola for him

posted: 2013-10-19 19:02:49

Pirates really need to keep it compact here... They're these Tunusians too much space!!!

posted: 2013-10-19 19:03:00

This game is our to loose, really.....

We should go for the kill.....

Bhakaniya for Life

Star Washelela1937
posted: 2013-10-19 19:04:23

What Pirates will need to do now will be to close the gaps, Esperance is using those spaces effectively otherwise we are still handling them well, they will start to panick in the second half and I see us scoring first, the less said about Tlou the better. Good refereeing.

posted: 2013-10-19 19:09:21

this tiny bodied jersey number 26 Esperance showed signs of great threat and danger in our first leg. He somehow worries me and I hope AJ15 tries to stay a little away from him. They gave each other a somewhat rough first leg.

....Bacela...you gotta bury these rebounds.

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