Ntsikelelo Nyauza of Orlando Pirates wins header against Ramadan Sobhi Ahmed of Al Ahly during the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup semifinal, first leg football match between Orlando Pirates and Al Ahly of Egypt at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 26 September, 2015 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Friday Oct 02, 2015. 08:46
Orlando Pirates are on the road this weekend to face Egyptian giants Al Ahly in their CAF Confederations Cup semifinal second leg.
The match is scheduled to get underway at 20:30 at the Suez Stadium in Cairo on Sunday night.
The Buccaneers are fresh from a 1-0 win over the reigning champions in their first leg at home and will be in high spirits heading to the North African country.
Although Eric Tinkler’s men are without their influential skipper in Oupa Manyisa, who’s out following a knee injury, their win at home could spur them to cause an upset in Cairo.
Tinkler will look to see his experienced players such as goalkeeper Felipe Ovono, who was outstanding last weekend at home despite the absence of defenders Siyabonga Sangweni and Happy Jele due to suspension, ensure stability at the back.
On the other hand, midfielder Issa Sarr, defender and captain Rooi Mahamutsa together with the in-form striker Thamsanqa Gabuza are also expected to continue with their fine form they displayed at Orlando Stadium.
Looking at the Red Devils, the match at home presents a massive opportunity to turn things around in their favour, aiming to successfully defend their crown.
Coach Fathi Mabrouk will hope to see the same fighting spirit from his players as they will be playing at home with an added advantage.
Although the match could be played behind closed doors as reports suggest, the coach will bank on the experience of his seasoned campaigners such as goalkeeper Sherif Ekrami, Moemen Zakareya and John Antwi to ensure the Sea Robbers don’t rob them twice in a row.