The Orlando Pirates were forced to sweat and were unable to give their fans the performance they would have liked in the semi-final of the Confederations Cup Kaf al-Ahly Tripoli at Orlando Stadium on Sunday night.
But the most important thing is that on Friday the Buccaneers will play in the final in Nigeria, where they will meet TP Mazembe or RS Berkane.
It came after they won a 2-1 draw at home and away, thanks to their 2-0 away win last weekend.
If the pirates were waiting for a walk in the park, which would be understandable, given how easily they made their way past Tripoli in Libya, they would be shocked in their homeland.
Al-Ahly came to South Africa thinking that if the pirates manage to defeat them at home, they can do the same in Orlando. And she proved it.
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On Sunday at the Orlando Stadium, Tripoli received a penalty in the 17th minute after Happy Jelle put the ball into his penalty area, but after reviewing the incident on the VAR, the referee changed his mind.
The Libyans were the best team since the first match, and Pirates goalkeeper Richard Ofora – who was more of a passenger in the first game – was called up several times in the first half.
He responded with some great saves to keep the Pirates in the game, because if Ahly had scored the first goal, it would have pushed them to more. The Pirates also had moments when they looked good in attack, but they couldn’t find the key to unlock Ahly’s defense in the first half.
The best chance in the half was right at the moment of death, when Ofori tried to escape, but the ball slipped and fell in front of Mujahideen Judur, who struck from above.
The second half was more of the same, and Tripoli was still more adventurous of the two and was looking for goals. The Pirates leaned back a bit and looked to catch their guests in the counterattack.
Both sides had chances, but no one could use them until the recent substitution of Tripoli Mohamed Arkub defeated Ofora from a long distance to provide the visitors with a goal and victory.