Cape Town - Orlando Pirates defender Rooi Mahamutsa praised his team-mates
for their gallant performance against Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the semi-final
of the 2015 CAF Confederations Cup.
The Sowetan giants came back from two goals down to win the
match in emphatic fashion, crushing the Red Devils 4-3 in front of a shell
shocked crowd at the Suez Stadium.
Mahamutsa, who was captain on the night, said he was “really
proud” of his resilient team-mates, in a match where the Buccaneers had their
backs against the wall for most parts of the first-half.
“Tonight was all about pride!,” said Mahamutsa on the
Orlando Pirates website.
“It wasn’t an easy match by any means. They (Al Ahly) made
it very difficult for us to get comfortable however we showed enough character
in the second half and bounced back.
“It is hard to explain the process we went through but it’s
as if we all were in tune with what we (as players) had to do.
“After all this match was more than just a match for us as
players or the club; it was for the millions of supporters back home who have
supported us through and through…it was also about the pride of the nation.
“As the only Southern African team in the competition, we
knew we had the responsibility to represent our country the way it should be
The win over Al Ahly is now the third (against Al Ahly’s
one) and probably the club’s most important victory against the Red Devils as
it sees the Buccaneers qualify for the final of the 2015 CAF Confederations Cup
for the first time in the club’s history.
“This is a huge achievement but the job is not complete as
yet,” Mahamutsa continues.
“We will celebrate tonight’s victory but tomorrow is back to
"First we have to focus on the Telkom Knockout Cup clash against
University of Pretoria and then the final.”
Eric Tinkler’s side will face Tunisia outfit Etoile du Sahel in a two-legged final tie in November with the date to be confirmed.
Etoile defeated Zamalek, also from Egypt, 5-4 over two legs.