Orlando Pirates Confirm the Semi-final Spot in the CAF Confed

Orlando Pirates confirmed (2-0, Mpho Makola 33′ and Oupa Manyisa 87′)the semi-final spot in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup at the expense of AC Léopards of the Republic of Congo in the match played on Saturday afternoon of August 22, 2015 at 18:00 (South African time) at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa. Google+

Orlando Pirates v AC Léopards 2015 CAF Confed 2nd LegThe South African side, Orlando Pirates, blazed through the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup prelims without incident enroute to the group stages. Their group stages campaign started with a victory away from home before suffering a shock defeat at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa at the hands of the Egyptian giants, Zamalek.

The Sea Robbers picked themselves up as they headed to Sfax, Tunisia where they faced and defeated the home side, CS Sfaxien. In the showboating marred return leg the Buccaneers continued their good African form and set themselves up for the semi-final confirmation should they secure a point or more in the next match.

On Saturday Afternoon of August 22, 2015 at 18:00 AC Léopards traveled to Orlando East, Soweto in Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa for the second leg of their group stage encounter with Orlando Pirates. The home side has struggled domestically in recent times having only registered one victory in three matches, however, in the continental competition their form has been scintillating.

Orlando Pirates went into the match without regular goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo who underwent a knee surgery; however, the bigger problem was that the sidelined goalkeeper is one of only two goalkeepers registered to play in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup and Felipe Ovono (the second goalkeeper) does not have a substitute should he be injured or red carded.

Furthermore some media reports claimed that Orlando Pirates tried to have CAF allow them to register a third goalkeeper but were not allowed. Reports emerged linking center back Rooi Mahamutsa with the job of a reserve goalkeeper with the reserve being called to duty in the absence of the first choice, however, in the end he (Rooi Mahamutsa) started alongside Siyabonga Sangweni and new center back Tshepo Gumede was rumoured to have been placed on a bench as a backup goalkeeper.

In the match AC Léopards came out guns blazing showing intent from early on; they penetrated the Orlando Pirates defense over and over again but Felipe Ovono stood firm with one or two mishaps which could have proven costly. The home side did not standby and watch the advancing visitors as they launched their own attacks with Kermit Erasmus proving very influential but Thamsanqa Gabuza unable to convert.

Kermit Erasmus provided a good cross once again, this time it was Mpho Makola who was on the end of it and made no mistake as he put the home side, who needed a draw, out in front. Substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro made an early impact as soon as he came in only to be judged to have been offside. However, Lehlohonolo Majoro later set up captain Oupa Manyisa who ensure that Orlando Pirates kept all three point and progressed to the semi-final with a 2-0 victory over visitors AC Léopards.


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