Pirates to cause DStv Prem conclusion chaos

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The likelihood of Orlando Pirates progressing to the final of the CAF Confederation Cup final is threatening to leave the end of the domestic campaign torn in disruption.

As has been the case in previous years, the PSL had planned to have the last two blocks of fixtures played on the same day but that will be impossible if Pirates reach the Confederation Cup final.

Pirates play the second leg of their semi-final tie this weekend at home against Al Ahli Tripoli carrying a 2-0 lead from the first leg played in Benghazi on Sunday.

If The Bucs proceed then they will have to travel to Uyo, Nigeria for the final on Friday, May 20.

That will mean travelling early next week depending on the availability of flights connecting to the southeast of Nigeria where the Godswill Akpabio Stadium is located.

Pirates – who can still possibly finish third – have three league matches remaining which they have to play before the end of the month.

With their progress to the final of the continent’s second-tier competition only due to be confirmed on Sunday evening (game kicks off at 18:00), the PSL still has them fixtured to play on May 18 (Maritzburg United), 21 (SuperSport United) and 25 (Royal AM).

The league of the league games are scheduled to conclude on May 21 with Royal AM aiming for second place at best, which carries a ticket to next season’s CAF Champions League.

However, the PSL could be forced to reshuffle these fixtures with games against Maritzburg and SuperSport affected.

Should Pirates play in the Confederation Cup final then they might find themselves having to squeeze three fixtures within eight days after their return from Nigeria if the PSL is to avoid games spilling into June.  

The curtain on the domestic season is set to go down with the final of the Nedbank Cup between Mamelodi Sundowns and Marumo Gallants on May 28 with the FIFA calendar dates kicking in immediately afterwards for the next fortnight.

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