Orlando Pirates have reached the final of the Caf Confederation Cup, knocking out defending champions Al Ahly in the semi-final.
Pirates settled into the atmosphere in Egypt, playing as a team together without nerves. Returnee Happy Jele went into the referee’s book, and this was not a good start for the Bucs captain on three minutes.
Antwi created some space early on, he pulled the trigger but Ovono saved comfortably.
Ntshumayelo then got himself booked for a late challenge and in five minutes Bucs were up against it.
Then Evouna sliced past Jele and played a decent cross into the box, but Matlaba arrived early to clear the danger away for a corner, but soon after that in the 43rd minute Ahly made it count. Malick Evouna finally scored for the hosts.
After 53 minutes a counter-attack initiated by Ekramy and Evouna had him well positioned to head home from a cross from a teammate on the right hand side. Al Ahly at this point were all over Pirates and 2-0 up. Leading on aggregate, after Bucs won 1-0 in South Africa.
Just before the hour, a substitution by Eric Tinkler’s Pirates as Majoro made way for Erasmus. Thabo Rakhale came on for Myeni.
Kermit Erasmus made an immediate impact from the bench. The due combined to pull one back, but Pirates lead on the away goals rule.
Then after 75 minutes Gabuza drove forward into the box and his deflected left-footed shot from inside the box lofts into the goal to place Bucs in the driving seat.
Matlaba made it curtains in the 85th minute, as he capitalised on Ekramy’s mistake to make it 3-2 to the Buccaneers.
In injury time Al Ahly’s Amr Gamal levelled the score on the night but it was too late.
Makola then picked up Rakhale on the edge of the box, and the latter made no mistake after a great first touch. Pirates amazingly won away from home, winning both games in the tie.