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Pirates out of CAF CL

2012-03-03 18:27

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates fought hard but were eliminated in the preliminary stages of the CAF Champions League, drawing 1-1 with Recreativo do Lobolo in the second leg in Calulo, Angola on Saturday.

Recreativo progressed through to the competition first round stages with a 4-2 aggregate score, having won the first leg 3-1 in Port Elizabeth a fortnight ago.

The hosts took the lead against the run of play at the 5 000-seat Patrice Lumumba Stadium, courtesy of captain Maieco Henrique's 34th minute near post header.

The Angolan international forward netted a brace in the first leg last month.

Pirates equalised on the stroke of half-time through Andile Jali, who drilled a shot past goalkeeper Lando, for a 1-1 interval score.

However, the first-half goal from the hosts had diminished Pirates' already slim hopes of reversing the shock score from two weeks ago.

The South Africans entered the fray needing three unanswered goals to start off a miracle comeback win.

Pirates started off the fixture at a frantic pace in the opening quarter of the match, but drew a first save from goalkeeper Lando in the 23rd minute through striker Bongani Ndulula.

They dominated possession in the encounter while Recreativo remained calm and seemed happier to absorb the pressure from their desperate opponents.

In his starting line up, the Buccaneers coach Julio Leal opted to leave out skipper Lucky Lekgwathi, striker Benni McCarthy and Daine Klate.

Goalkeeper and captain-of-the-day Moeneeb Josephs made the starting line-up with Senzo Meyiwa having stood in goals the last time these sides clashed.

In the second-half, the ineffective Ndulula was replaced by Tokelo Rantie after 50 minutes as Pirates went for a late surge to win the encounter.

A minute later, the busy Mabalane fashioned a long range free-kick that was stopped by Lando.

Recreativo pressed forward on a rare counter-attack soon after with striker Henry Camara finding the side netting.

McCarthy was introduced for Mabalane on the hour mark as Pirates again upped their tempo with Tlou Segolela drawing a splendid save from Lando in the 63rd minute.

They "netted" in 71st minute through Siyabonga Sangweni from a Oupa Manyisa cross, but McCarthy was adjudged to have been offside by the match officials.

McCarthy manuevered a powerful shot from distance that tested Lando in the 76th minute.

Late efforts from Sangweni and Thulasizwe Mbuyane went astray, as did the African ambitions of the expensively-assembled Premier Soccer League outfit.

SAPA

Comments
  • eddie.khanyilekaduma - 2012-03-03 21:25

    LOL PIERATS ARE SO PATHETIC..DID U THINK YOU WOULD REVERSE SUCH A MIDIOCRE PERFORMANCE HERE AT HOME AFTER CONCEDING THREE GOALS..? WHERE ARE THE LOUDMOUTHED FANS WHO BLINDDLY AND STUPIDLY BELIEVED THAT THEY COULD SCORE THREE GOULS AWAY AFFTER BEING LIBOLOED(LOBOLOED)...KUPHIKHONA

      YolandaApple - 2012-03-03 23:49

      At list they were once there, n remeber u dnt jst wk n feel lk tkng part there, u must win, nt jst a win, Win PSL tilte. n being the pathetic team u say they r, they r lyng on 2nd in d log. hw wud they win wth that Leal in charge, that guys wsnt there to win but t experiment combination n tryng luck. *Its sad bucs*,

  • eddie.khanyilekaduma - 2012-03-03 21:29

    YOU ARE SO PATHETIC PIERATS BEING KNOCKED OUT BY MINNOWS AFTER SUCH BRAGGING AND ARROGANCE FROM YO PATHETIC BUNCH OF SUPPORTERS..KUPHIKHONA?

  • YolandaApple - 2012-03-03 23:51

    Pirates is not pathetic, Leal is.

  • Cyrus - 2012-03-04 08:54

    As per CAF 5 year ranking of Leagues, PSL is the 14th strongest league in Africa. Even Zims league is stronger per the CAF ranking. PSL teams have all the resources that 90% of other African leagues can only dream of. We have of the richest clubs in Africa and the richest league in Africa but we cannot even make the group stages. PSL problem is that its Clubs dont take CAF seriously. This was the first season a team actually wanted to win it. Previously teams like Chiefs refused to participate, Supersport sending reserve players etc which contributed our downfall in the ranks. Now our teams are untested and novices in Africa. Records speak for themselves. 96 Afcon Champs, 95 Pirates won the CAF CL. Barca (with Majority Spanish players) wins CL 2009, 2011. Spain wins Eupr 08 and World Cup 10. Egypt dominated African Football and so does their clubs

      Fregee - 2012-03-05 15:09

      Kaizer Chiefs was banned for 3 years by CAF. http://www.sport24.co.za/Soccer/PSL/CAF-ban-on-Kaizer-Chiefs-expires-this-year-20080909 PSL clubs want to win Champions league but are to weak so when they see that hope is all but lost i.e losing home leg by wide margin, they now lose interest and automatically lose out of FIFA Club world cup with an even bigger prize money.

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