Pirates maestro Manyisa unfazed by Al Ahly’s rich Caf history

The Egyptian giants have been to nine Caf Champions League finals before; winning seven of them and they will be hoping for their 8th Caf Champions League title


By Ernest Makhaya

Orlando Pirates midfielder Oupa Manyisa has told Goal that Al Ahly’s rich history in the Caf Champions League will count for nothing when the two giants meet in the final at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The Sea Robbers collected four points against the defending champions in the group stages of this year’s tournament, but Manyisa doesn’t believe that gives them an advantage over their opponents.

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“They are a great team with rich history, but their history will count for nothing on Saturday,” Manyisa told Goal. “Yes, we beat them away from home, but I don’t think that gives us an edge. This is the final and the outcome of it cannot be predicted, but we are ready for them,” he said.

The 25-year-old Manyisa revealed that Pirates were never afraid of facing Al Ahly again, in the final this time, saying they would have been happy to face any of the three teams that progressed to the semi-finals.   

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“When you reach the semi-finals of any tournament you expect to face anyone in the final. Any team would have been good for us. Even if it wasn’t Al Ahly we would still be ready for the final,” added Manyisa.

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