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Orlando Pirates road to CAF Champions League Final

Posted: 21 October 2013 Time: 15:07

KickOff.com looks back at Orlando Pirates’ road to the CAF Champions League Final ...

Pirates have won only three of their last 10 Champions League matches, but are still within touching distance of winning the competition for the second time.

After using Port Elizabeth as their home venue in the previous campaign, the Buccaneers decided to return to their spiritual home of Orlando Stadium, and the move paid off.

Although the PSL is allocated only one spot in the CAF Champions League, if the Buccaneers win the competition they will qualify for next year’s tournament as defending champions and Kaizer Chiefs will also qualify, as League champions, making it two teams for South Africa.

 

ROAD TO THE FINAL

 

PRELIMINARY ROUND

 

Walk in the park

16/2/13

Orlando Pirates 5 Djabal Club 0

After using Port Elizabeth as their home venue in the previous Champions League campaign, Orlando Pirates return to Orlando, and it pays of as they slaughter Djabal Club from Comoros 5-0, with Takesure Chinyama netting four goals. But it was Sifiso Myeni who opened the scoring for the Buccaneers.

 

02/3/13

Djabal Club 0 Orlando Pirates 4

After being thumped 4-1 by Second Division side Maluti FET College in the Nedbank Cup and losing 3-2 to Moroka Swallows in the League, Orlando Pirates restore their dignity, beating Djabal 4-0 for a 9-0 aggregate win. Thulasizwe Mbuyane, Ndumiso Mabena, Takesure Chinyama and Onyekachi Okonkwo were all the scoresheet as the Buccaneers progressed to the next round.

 

Solid job well done

16/3/13

Zanaco 0 Orlando Pirates 1

Despite a dismal performance in the League, Orlando Pirates continue with their superb performance in the continental competition. Playing away in Zambia on a hard pitch, an early goal from Ndumiso Mabena hands the Buccaneers a valuable victory. It’s also Mabena’s second goal in the competition, as he scored in the previous round against Djabal.

 

6/4/13

Orlando Pirates 2 Zanaco 1

Orlando Pirates made difficult work of their first round second leg against Zanaco, but manage to win 2-1 and 3-1 on aggregate. Zanaco started the better side, but Bucs take control and open the scoring though Khethowakhe Masuku. In the second half Zanaco equalise through Musonda Mwape, but Mpho Makola put the matter beyond doubt with a well-taken free-kick.

 

The battle of Lubumbashi

20/4/13

Orlando Pirates 3 TP Mazembe 1

According to pundits, this is the match where Orlando Pirates were meant to bow out but against all odds did the impossible. The Buccaneers are dominant right through the match and could have beaten the former African champions by a bigger margin. The homeside takes the lead inside two minutes through Onyekachi Okonkwo’s well taken shot but the visitors level matters through Patou Kabangu. In the second half a brace from Collins Mbesuma seals a 3-1 win and a scuffle between Mazembe and match officials ensued.

 

5/5/13

TP Mazembe 1 Orlando Pirates 0

A red card and two penalties against Bucs were followed by reports of intimidation and the arrest of South African journalists covering the match, while the state broadcaster was also barred from covering the match. However, Pirates defy the odds to reach the group stages of the completion, losing 1-0 but beating Mazebe 3-2 on aggregate. Senzo Meyiwa will always be remembered for saving two penalties.

 

GROUP STAGES

Uninspiring performance

20/7/13

Orlando Pirates 0 AC Leopards 0

The Buccaneers control and dominate the match but only walk away with a single point after an uninspiring performance. The visitors are defensive but could have scored midway through the first half when Junior Mouzita’s shot ricochets off the crossbar. New signing Lennox Bacela made his debut for the Buccaneers.

 

Day to remember

04/8/13

Al Ahly 0 Orlando Pirates 3

Due to political unrest in the country, Al Ahly’s matches are played at El Gouna, and Orlando Pirates take advantage of the situation and thump the home side 3-0. Every Pirates player rises to the occasion – Thandani Ntshumayelo opens the scoring in the first half before Andile Jali and Sifiso Myeni kill the match off with two second half goals.

 

Bacela comes to the party

17/8/13

Orlando Pirates 4 Zamalek 1

This is the match in which new signing Bacela won the hearts of the Bucs faithful, scoring one and creating another. Goals from Tlou Segolela, Sifiso Myeni and Daine Klate ensured a 4-1 win, and the resounding victory put Orlando Pirates on route to the semi-finals.

 

The wheels come off

01/9/13

Zamalek 2 Orlando Pirates 1

Needing a win to be guaranteed of a place in the semi-finals, Orlando Pirates suffer their first defeat in the group stages. The Egyptians come out guns blazing and go 1-0 up inside six minutes through Eid Abdel Malek, after Lucky Lekgwathi fouled Mahmoud Shikabala. Bacela grabs 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. Five minutes inside second half, Senzo Meyiwa misreads a corner kick and Salah Soliman makes it 2-1 with a header.

 

From bad to worse

14/9/2013

AC Leopards 1 Orlando Pirates 0

Things get worse for the Buccaneers as they lose 1-0 to AC Leopards, putting their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals in jeopardy. In a match played on a bumpy pitch, both sides go for the win but both fail to score and the first half ends 0-0. But Dimitri Bissik's 72nd minute goal sees Al Ahly, Pirates and Leopards with chances of going through. 

 

22/9/2013

Orlando Pirates 0 Al Ahly 0

With Zamalek beating AC Leopards 4-1 in the other match, a draw is enough to see Pirates secure a spot in the semi-finals of the competition. Al Ahly start the match controlling the midfield but it isn’t long before Bucs launch a few attacks of their own. Ahly, playing long balls to their target-man also have a few chances to score, but the match ends 0-0.

 

SEMI-FINALS

A goalless stalemate

05/10/2013

Orlando Pirates 0 Esperance 0

While Pirates control ball possession it’s the Tunisians who create more goalscoring opportunities. As early as the ninth minute, Esperance striker Joseph N’djeng is allowed time and space on the ball, with his left-footed strike hitting the top of goal. Towards the end of the match fullback Thabo Matlaba, who came in for injured Patrick Phungwayo, almost scores, but his well taken trademark piledriver is well saved by Moez Ben Cherifia. Both sides are happy with the result.

 

Operation second star in progress

19/10/2013

Esperance 1 Orlando Pirates 1

With Siyabonga Sangweni and Lekgwathi left behind, Orlando Pirates were up against it. And after playing to a goalless draw away from home the Tunisians go into the match thinking they can easily brush Pirates aside to reach an unprecedented fourth final in a row. But it is Pirates who dominate the match, creating scoring opportunities only to be let down by poor finishing. After Rooi Mahamutsa opens the scoring with a well taken header, the home side have to score two goals to win the match, alhtough that starts to look possible when Iheb Msakni converts a cross on the 55th minute. In the last 35 minutes of the match Pirates are wasteful in front of opposition goals but manage to hold on to the draw which takes them to Final for the first since 1995.

Livefyre comments on this story...

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2013-10-21 13:14:19

It is very interesting that KO find it in their vocabulary to use words like The wheels come off, from bad to worse, uninspiring performance, etc. However, I am yet to see the same used to describe the performance of our national team.

Mavista we Bhakajuju
posted: 2013-10-21 13:14:32

Second Star ** 99% loading...................


GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 2013-10-21 13:15:36

After being thumped 4-1 by Second Division side Maluti FET College

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

LOL....Hhay...please ungasikhumbuzi this debacle...

MarleyBrizzy
posted: 2013-10-21 13:17:40

u forget Baroka...FC Cape Town...amatuks...and if Maluti chaos us and we chao u...wht does that mean?

soliman21
posted: 2013-10-21 13:19:13

Mgugudi Treble Addict they will ignore these facts you just put up but interesting let them hate while were keep heartbreaking them

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2013-10-21 13:19:17

They have not won anything yet.....there are still two more games to be played.

Can everyone hang on with this premature celebrations.......

Only in SA where being in the final is equivalent to winning a trophy. no wonder our football is in such a state.

What happened to them in the MTN 8 Final in Durban?

I pause...

Nkgwete
posted: 2013-10-21 13:19:23

Mgugudi Treble Addict 

Simple my Champ! Bafana Chiefs are the favourites, while the Champs are hated. Dont stress. As for the second star, its vavavoommmmm!

GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 2013-10-21 13:19:50

MarleyBrizzy ......Kukhulunywa izindaba za-2013 la....

MarleyBrizzy
posted: 2013-10-21 13:20:27

GinoFeelo Balotellisori u didnt put respective years

soliman21
posted: 2013-10-21 13:21:14

Nkgwete Mgugudi Treble Addict zinebaleli mnyama zimnyame zam xa uzifuna uzozibona eOrlando ngebalili mnyama

MarleyBrizzy
posted: 2013-10-21 13:22:12

The Phefeni Boy : Plat won by penalties...the same that made u reack TKO semis as we speack...why were u not in the mtn finals?

Jamjamy
posted: 2013-10-21 13:22:28

I will like to thank ALL AmaKHOSI fans who supported my team (Orlando Pirates) against Esperance. 

As the world cup 2014 will be boring since Bafana failed to qualify, Let Pirates win this ACL so south african soccer fans can be exposed to watch both Chiefs and Pirates in next's years ACL. 

We are tired of seeing West Africa countries represented by more than 1 team from the same country in this tournarment.

Let South Africa come into play to pull some soccer dignit into Southern African soccer community


GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 2013-10-21 13:22:40

MarleyBrizzy ...Look at this timeline ebhalwe i-editor.....its all in 2013 so that shud have told u something...Phaphama bhuti

And besides we never got walloped ngalescore enasithola nina...4-1

Mnatis
posted: 2013-10-21 13:22:41

The Phefeni Boy They've won the respect of top African clubs including many patriotic companies and individuals both locally and outside.  Check congratulatory messages pouring in as ur reference

Flip Gee
posted: 2013-10-21 13:23:05

Maluti is history nina bo Macufe cow.

Superbrand Treble champ
posted: 2013-10-21 13:23:07

The long road to the final!!!!! All the best to Bucs, we have to win this star!!! by hook or crook!!!

thephefeni
posted: 2013-10-21 13:24:17

Mavista DOWNLOADING INTERRRUPTED...................HERATS BROKEN .SOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!

MarleyBrizzy
posted: 2013-10-21 13:25:49

GinoFeelo Balotelli: add them up ull see wt they worth...besides zebras always say they won those old cups (not trophies) even today boss...

Flip Gee
posted: 2013-10-21 13:26:28

@Phefeni - Since this morning you have been telling us about pre-ejaculation , are you trying to tell us something we don’t know?

I guess you were thinking so loud :)

Rhino Gold and Black
posted: 2013-10-21 13:28:15

When They Celebrate 100 Years in 2037 they will See Second Star. Love & Peace. 

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