High praise for high flying Bucs
Orlando Pirates celebrate (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - The South African Football Association (SAFA) and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Sunday congratulated Orlando Pirates on their qualification for the CAF Champions League final, after their 1-1 draw against Esperance, in Tunisia, on Saturday night.
“As the South African Football Association, we would like to congratulate Orlando Pirates for a magnificent achievement in the CAF Champions League semi-final clash against Esperance," SAFA president Danny Jordaan said in a statement on Sunday.
"We would like to say to the players and the technical team: 'your feat in Tunisia was of heroic proportions.
"You have made the whole country proud with your guts, determination and resilience."
Pirates secured their passage to the final on the away-goal rule after holding the Tunisians to a goalless draw at the Orlando Stadium a fortnight ago.
The Soweto giants will face the winner of Sunday's other semi-final clash - between Al Alhy of Egypt and Coton Sport of Cameroon - in a two-legged Caf Champions League final next month.
"This is a proud moment for the Premier Soccer League when one of its members achieves such a milestone," PSL CEO Brand de Villiers said.
"We would like to congratulate Orlando Pirates' management, technical staff and players for reaching the finals of the Champions League and I would also like to invite the football family in the country to join me as we wish them the best of luck when they play in the CAF Champions League final."