By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
NINENTY minutes and Egypitian giants, Al Ahly stands on the way of Orlando Pirates’ dream to realise their first-ever biggest achievement to claim African glory, the CAF African Champions League.
The mighty Buccaneers goes to Egypt this coming weekend to face Egypt’s Red Devils as Al Ahly is known on Sunday, November 10 with one thing in mind-and that is to overpower the seven times winners before they could lay their hands on the converted silver-ware which they last won back in 1995.
The Sea Robbers had to deal with some serious night-mares in the first leg of the final match which took place at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, November 2 after Al Ahly took the lead as early as the 14 minutes via Mohamed Aboutrika’s well taken free kick and went on to control the proceedings for the better part of the match before the home side could managed a late minute equaliser via Thabo Matlaba’s beautiful grounder, much to the uproar of the huge crowd that packed the historical venue to the rafters.
Pirates coach, Roger de Sa has since said they have come far to let this chance of winning the competition slip their fingers
“We have come so far in this competition and it is the matter of now or never for us to lift the title. We are disadvantage by the fact that Al Ahly are able to spy our games from our domestic league while we can’t because they are not involved in any,” pointed out De Sa.