Two second half goals from Abdoulaye Camara and Ocansey Mandela ended Orlando Pirates’ hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Caf Champions Leagues as they lost 2-1 to AC Horoya on Saturday evening.
Pirates headed to Conakry’s Stade 28 du Septembre on Saturday evening looking for a win to secure their place in the quarter-final of the Caf Champions League.
Horoya were banking on their fine run at home having recorded a win and a draw in their previous group matches against FC Platinum and Esperance de Tunis respectively.
With coach Milutin Sredojevic having missed the services of Vincent Pule who was ruled out due to injury, Pirates had to make changes in their squad.
Despite all their attacks, the South Africans could not get a goal in the first half and Pirates were forced to launch more attacks against after half-time.
However, Horoya broke the deadlock in the 56th minute through Camara, who fired from outside the box and his shot beat goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands at his near post.
A few minutes later, the Pirates bench made changes and Justin Shonga came on for Kudakwashe Mahachi as they looked to level matters.
Shonga delivered a wonderful cross into the box, but it went straight to goalkeeper Khadim Ndiaye, who collected on the goal line.
In what was seen as against the run of play in the 72nd minute, the hosts netted their second goal through Mandela, who had been threatening the visiting team's defence.
In stoppage-time, Zambian striker Shonga pulled one back for the Soweto giants after rounding off defenders and easily slotted home past Ndiaye.
Pirates tried all they could to score an equaliser, but it was not meant to be for the 1995 African champions as they suffered their second Group B loss.
Resulting from the defeat, Pirates crashed out of the continental tournament as they finished their campaign on third spot with five points from six games, while Horoya joined Esperance in the quarter-finals.