Richard Ofora (Gallo Images)
- Orlando Pirates will play RS Berkan on Friday in the CAF Confederations Cup final.
- The Buccaneers, who won the CAF Champions League in 1995, are favorites to win the coveted trophy on Friday.
- Pirates will receive 20 million rupees if they win the title.
Orlando Pirates gatekeeper Richard Ofora is a realist.
He knows about the situation the club found itself in this week.
The Buccaneers set off for Nigeria on Wednesday, hoping to return to the shores of South Africa with silver.
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Pirates close the horns against the Moroccan side RS Berkane on Friday in the CAF Confederations Cup final at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium (starting at 21:00 SA).
In an interview with the media on the eve of their departure, Ofora told his teammates on the “Pirates” that he lost in battle the two rarely remember.
“We always talk about this cup because we have come a long way. It was not easy,” Ofora was quoted as saying by SABC.
“We’re not just talking about being part of the final. We need to go out and actually win the tournament.
“No one remembers the finalists.”
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Ofora continues: “The only time people remember is next year when they show the Cup final, and the only thing they remember is that it’s the Pirates team we played in the final.”
“The only time people will remember you is when you go down in history, which means winning the trophy. And we all know about it, and as players, we all talk about it. ”
The Sauet giants have endured a difficult season, fighting for stability, causing the side to drop out of MTN8 and the Nedbank Cup.
Meanwhile, they will not be able to play in Africa again next season, as they need to win the Confederations Cup on Friday.
However, there is little chance that winning the other three games in the Pirates League (seventh place) could bring them to third place, but that depends on other results in the league.
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“It was a difficult journey, but the feeling is so good now. Some members of my family and friends want to come because it takes about 30-45 minutes to travel from Ghana to Nigeria,” Ofori said.
“They want to come and experience the final. I’m also playing in the CAF final for the first time, so everyone wants to come and experience it.
“Those years (of misfortune) have passed now, we are in a new era.”
Friday’s match will start at 21:00 (SAH time).