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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...

JoBlack
posted: 2013-10-19 19:10:42

Oh YES!!!

Goooooal!!!

SencoPation
posted: 2013-10-19 19:10:54

the game has begun. dankie RM24...dankie saan...

JoBlack
posted: 2013-10-19 19:11:32

Ngubo

Roy Mahamutsa!

1:0

BLACK is BACK b!tches

ninja4bucs
posted: 2013-10-19 19:11:32

Ke mang bosso

SencoPation
posted: 2013-10-19 19:13:59

I now must share my concentment -  Tlou is high cost driver. Needs to be pulled off now.

Jay Bee
posted: 2013-10-19 19:14:18

You see? And suddenly the vuvuzelas in my neighbourhood went quiet!

JoBlack
posted: 2013-10-19 19:15:27

Whatever Roger & Tebza said to Tlou at half time is working. He came back like an animal

SencoPation
posted: 2013-10-19 19:16:06

hehehehe, & suddenly my decoder went black out. Still searching for signal. My home, village - Shaleng wa ga moshou shou. o ntirang maara?

JoBlack
posted: 2013-10-19 19:18:20

uBacela vandag hake motsepi tuu. He is too soft. Where is your strikers killer instinct mfethu?

May be Mbesuma can use his experience

khobalinks
posted: 2013-10-19 19:19:34

Looks like its gonna b the longest 2nd half will ever have to play,we need that 2nd goal,woza bhakabhaka!!!!!!

SencoPation
posted: 2013-10-19 19:23:44

I am missing out now. Dstv signal lost. Attempting to re-establish connection. damn...worst TP Mazembe black out right now.

this thing is not even attempting connection at all. ...

guys, please shout any changes, shots at goal and everything else that you see that side.

Glamour Boy
posted: 2013-10-19 19:25:19

Pirates should have been 5 goals up by now, they have missed really good chances in this match. But I still hope they will go through on away goal rule.Esperance are not threatening.

Jay Bee
posted: 2013-10-19 19:25:25

Go to Sabc 1..... Esperance 2-1 Pierats! You are missing out baba

Back Page
posted: 2013-10-19 19:25:31

If pirates don't win this one they must blame them self but on other hand they they have I say big up for fighting spirit and determination they are showing.

Glamour Boy
posted: 2013-10-19 19:28:19

Matlaba selfish,should have passed his team mates.

Shappa
posted: 2013-10-19 19:32:42

This #9 is causing trouble?

Shappa
posted: 2013-10-19 19:34:51

We need fresh legs RD

SencoPation
posted: 2013-10-19 19:35:11

I'm still watching the darkness. Searching for signal but the megahertz not moving. I am literally stuck right now. & this really means - no second half play watching for me. damn...shitiscrazy.

Glamour Boy
posted: 2013-10-19 19:36:33

Tlou is forever wasteful with the final ball, he reminds me of Joseph Ngake.

Shappa
posted: 2013-10-19 19:37:51

Jali man of the Match

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