Orlando Pirates will be bidding to make history on Sunday night when they will bid to reach a first-ever CAF Confederation Cup final.
Despite their well-known presence and pedigree in the CAF Champions League, the Buccaneers are yet to have made themselves a name in Africa’s second biggest club competition.
The Soweto giants’ previous best showing in the competition came in 1999 when the tournament was known as the African Cup Winners’ Cup, losing to eventual winners Africa Sports of the Ivory Coast.
On Sunday night in Suez, they can join reach a first final in the competition if they can avoid defeat against Egyptian giants Al Ahly after a 1-0 triumph in the first leg semi-final in Orlando last weekend.
However, a result in north Africa will be no easy feat, considering the pedigree of their opponents, who are five-time former winners of the competition.
Captain Rooi Mahamutsa said: “We expect a tough encounter in Egypt. Al Ahly is a good side but they are under pressure to produce a positive result at home.
“I am expecting a more attacking approach from them and a high tempo match as well, which should suit our style of play. We plan to be resolute in our defence, punish any mistakes they make when they come at us and look to create goal scoring opportunities.
“We understand that we head into Egypt as underdogs.”
It is still unclear whether the match will be played behind closed doors at the New Suez Stadium, due to security fears.
The South Africans have been boosted by news that defender Happy Jele is back after his suspension in the previous match.
But fellow back Siyabonga Sangweni is still suspended.
The Bucs head into the match with a slight advantage in terms of head-to-head. It will be the sixth time the two sides meet – Pirates having won twice, Al Ahly once and two draws.
Winner of Sunday’s match will meet either Etoile du Sahel or Zamalek in the final. The Tunisian side thrashed their Egyptian counterparts 5-1 at home in last weekend’s first leg.