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Key Men For Pirates Against Al Ahly

Orlando Pirates will be taking on Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the second leg of the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup in Cairo this weekend, but who will be the key men for Eric Tinkler's side?

The Buccaneers carry a narrow 1-0 advantage into the affair and, in the hope of progressing to the final of the tournament, Pirates will need all their players to perform at their best.

While a victory is also courtesy of a team effort, there are some men who will be more crucial than others. 

Here are four players who will be key for Pirates:

Rooi Mahamutsa
The defender is bullish in nature and tall in stature, and that will prove pivotal against a highly physical Al Ahly side. Mahamutsa is the most experienced player in the backline and his knowledge will be instrumental in keeping the defence tight and making sure the players keep their heads above water.

Thamsanqa Gabuza
The Bafana Bafana man scored the solitary goal in the first leg in Orlando to continue with his fine form. Having already proved useful in Africa for Pirates, Gabuza's high confidence will bode well when it comes to facing a tough Egyptian side.

Thabo Rakhale
The trickster may not have started in the first leg, but his trickery and skills could prove crucial for Pirates. With his ability to turn things on with a feint or a trick, Rakhale could even be utilised as a super-sub. 

Kermit Erasmus
He was our highest goalscorer last season and there is no way he should be discounted as a key player for this encounter. Erasmus knows how to get goals when they are needed the most and with his ability to drop deep, carry the ball up field and score, it's vital his attributes are included into the starting XI.

Who do you think will be crucial for the clash between Pirates and Al Ahly?


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