Heroes’ welcome for Pirates

2013-10-21 12:01
Rooi Mahamutsa (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Following their heroics in the CAF Champions League over the weekend, Orlando Pirates’ supporters are expected to turn out in numbers to welcome their heroes at OR Tambo International Airport on Monday afternoon.

Roger de Sa ‘s charges eliminated Esperance Sportive De Tunis from the continental showpiece after the semi-final second leg encounter ended in an ecstatic 1-all stalemate at the Stade Olympique De Radès Stadium in Tunisia.

Having played to a goalless draw at Orlando Stadium two weeks ago, the Buccaneers advanced to the final on the away-goals rule.

Defender Rooi Mahamutsa’s 52nd minute header was enough to hand the Sea Robbers a passage to the continental title decider against Egyptian giants Al Ahly - also to be played over two legs.

Al Ahly defeated Cotton Sports of Cameroon, 7-6, on penalties on Sunday after both legs ended in a 1-1 draw.

The two sides will renew their rivalry in the first two weeks of next month, having already met twice in the group stages.

Pirates triumphed 3-0 at El Gouna in Egypt before sharing the spoils in the last group game back on September 22.

The first leg of the final is scheduled for November 2 at the Orlando Stadium (15:00), with the return leg scheduled for November 9 at the Cairo National Stadium (20:00 SA time).

The Pirates players are due to land in Johannesburg at 14:30.


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