Cape Town - Orlando Pirates secured their spot in the CAF
Confederation Cup semi-finals after claiming a hard-fought 2-0 win over AC
Leopards at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
The South African giants needed a point to secure a spot in
the last four, but AC Leopards could not stop the fine form of the
The home side were quick out the starting blocks, putting
together some wonderful passing moves. Thamsanqa Gabuza almost grabbed the game’s
opener early in the half but the striker could not reach the ball for the
The visitors began to gain some momentum as the match
progressed but Siyabonga Sangweni was calm and collected at the back to deal
with the attacks.
Ngoe was forced into a save around the 15th minute as Eric
Tinkler's men upped the tempo in search of the game's opener. It was then Felipe Ovono 's chance to be
tested just before the 20th minute after a lovely break from Leopards, but the
Pirates shot-stopper was up to the task.
It was end-to-end action as the encounter got heated, but
Mpho Makola was the man who got the breakthrough in the 33rd minute after Kermit
Erasmus layed the ball well for the midfielder to score, 1-0.
The visitors added numbers into the attack in an effort to
get an equaliser before the break, but Issa Sarr and co. were having none of
it. Ovono produced a blinder of a save on the stroke of half-time to ensure
that the Buccaneers headed into the break with the advantage.
The second stanza continued where the first left off, as the
heated midfield battle resumed once more with Sarr in the thick of things.
Gabuza and Sfiso Myeni had great opportunities to extend
Pirates' lead just after the 70th minute, but Ngoe did well to deny both
The men in black were beginning to look a class above their
opponents as the clock was running down.
They launched wave after wave of attack, until Lehlohonolo
Majoro spotted Oupa Manyisa who slotted it home to make it 2-0 after 86 minutes
Leopards had no response and Bucs held on for the victory.