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  • 22 September 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg, GA
  • Referee: K. Coulibaly
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Orlando Pirates - Al Ahly Preview: Buccaneers target win in Caf Champions League showdown

Orlando Pirates - Al Ahly Preview: Buccaneers target win in Caf Champions League showdown

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Orlando Pirates will look to use home advantage and defeat a powerful Al Ahly side on Sunday afternoon, in order to finally seal their berth into the semi-final stage

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

ORLANDO PIRATES

Meyiwa
Jele, Lekgwathi, Sangweni, Matlaba
Klate, Manyisa, Masalesa, Segolela
Erasmus, Bacela
AL-AHLY

Ekramy
Fathy, Gomaa, Moawad, Samir
Ashour, El Said, Soliman, Abo trika
Ahmed, Zaher

Orlando Pirates host Al Ahly at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with their continued participation in the Caf Champions League at stake.

The Buccaneers are aiming to be the first South African side to reach the semi-final stages of the tournament since 2006. Pirates were the last team to reach the last four, losing 1-0 on aggregate to CS Sfaxien over two legs. 

Roger de Sa's charges have suffered from injury and suspension set-backs to key players, which culminated in two away losses to Zamalek and AC Leopards.

Andile Jali is still out of action and will not take to the pitch on Sunday, but De Sa will welcome back full-backs Happy Jele and Thabo Matlaba from suspension.

Victory will ensure that Pirates top Group A, which means the Buccaneers will avoid Tunisian giants Esperance and face Coton Sport in the semi-finals. However, a draw could also suffice for Pirates if AC Leopards fail to defeat Zamalek in El Gouna. 

Speaking to the press ahead of the match, Roger de Sa is relishing a chance to play Bayern Munich in the World Club Champs.

“This is why we play football, why we compete, we want to have these moments,” De Sa said ahead of the match, "Six months ago nobody thought we'd be this close to the semifinals and now we just have to grab this opportunity.

“If you do win the Champions league you get to play in the World Club Champs, can you imagine Pirates playing Bayern Munich? That would be fantastic.”

Al Ahly are the form team in the group, sealing three wins in a row to surge up to 10 points and usurp Pirates at the summit of the group standings.

Players like Waleed Soliman, Mohammed Abo Trika and Ahmed Zaher have found their goal-scoring touch, as the Egyptian Giants have begun to live up to their favourites tag. 

Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef will urge his outfit to defeat Pirates, in order to secure top spot and gain revenge for their heavy 3-0 defeat in El Gouna.

Read about all the action LIVE on Goal South Africa with kickoff at 15:30.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Orlando Pirates looked to have virtually secured their spot in the semi-final stage of the tournament after defeating Zamalek and Al Ahly, but two straight losses on the road means the final group game will decide their fate.
  • Al Ahly faltered in the early stages of the group fixtures, but bounced back to defeat AC Leopards home and away. The defending champions then defeated rivals Zamalek 4-2.
  • Emad Moteab is Al Ahly's top scorer in the tournament, while Sifiso Myeni three goals makes him Pirates most prolific goal-getter.
  • Orlando Pirates defeated Al Ahly 3-0 in Egypt during the fasting month of Ramadan.
  • The Egyptian league is still being postponed due to the political violence in the North African country.

Last Five Matches

Al Ahly

  • L
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • Al Ahly SC AHL
    1 - 4
    Al Ittihad Al Iskandary ITT
  • Wadi Degla SC WAD
    0 - 0
    Al Ahly SC AHL
  • Al Ahly SC AHL
    3 - 0
    Haras El Hodood HAR
  • Smouha SC SMO
    1 - 3
    Al Ahly SC AHL
  • Al Ahly SC AHL
    1 - 0
    Séwé Sport de San Pedro SEW

Head To Head

Orlando Pirates

Al Ahly

Wins
1
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Orlando Pirates FC ORL
Orlando Pirates FC Orlando Pirates
Draw
Al Ahly SC AHL
Al Ahly SC Al Ahly
27%
69%

Top 3 Predictions

Orlando Pirates FC ORL
1 - 2
Al Ahly SC AHL
Orlando Pirates FC ORL
0 - 2
Al Ahly SC AHL
Orlando Pirates FC ORL
2 - 1
Al Ahly SC AHL

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