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Pirates' CAF Campaign Ended By Debutants

CAF Champions League

Result: Orlando Pirates 1-1 Green Eagles (1-2 on agg.)

Date: 24 August 2019

Venue: Orlando Stadium

Seven days after their MTN8 exit, Orlando Pirates' CAF Champions League campaign has come to an end after failing to beat Green Eagles in the second leg on Saturday night.
 
Interim coach Rhulani Mokwena made only change from the goalless draw with AmaZulu earlier this, as Justin Shonga replaced Siphesihle Ndlovu in the line-up.
 
Gabadinho Mhango had the first opportunity for the Buccaneers in the 13th minute but his was smothered by goalkeeper Sebastian Mwange.
 
As Pirates picked up the tempo, Mhango had another opportunity on the half-hour mark after lurking on the far post unmarked, although the Eagles shot-stopper was on hand to deny the Malawian as frustration began to grow.
 
It was one-way traffic in the first half as the hosts pushed for goals, but Vincent Pule came very close to breaking the deadlock for the hosts with six minutes remaining of the first stanza with a neat flick that forced Mwange into a fine save before the Eagles goalkeeper denied Shonga on a follow-up from close range.
 
At the other end, Wayne Sandilands barely had a save to make as the Zambian side were quite content with soaking up the pressure while looking to attack on the encounter although the Buccaneers full-backs were well drilled defensively.
 
Pirates were threatening to find the breakthrough in the opening exchanges of the second stanza and Kabelo Dlamini came the closest a minute before the hour-mark after hitting the upright with a cracking effort. However, Happy Jele finally broke the deadlock for the hosts immediately thereafter with a header from Lorch's corner.
 
However, Pirates' celebrations were cut short after Amit Shamenda levelled matters for Eagles immediately after the restart, with a well placed low shot towards the bottom corner.
 
Mokwena’s men were carving out a number of chances with as the second half continued but their finishing was letting them down, with Lorch rattling the near post with a fierce strike in the final 10 minutes while Mwange pulled off a couple more saves.
 
Nevertheless, Eagles were able to see out the remaining stages to claim a 1-1 draw on the night and a 2-1 aggregate victory, while Bucs crash out at the first hurdle.

Here's how they lined up:

Pirates: Sandilands, Jele, Mbekile, Maela, Mlambo, Makaringe, Mako, Pule, Lorch, Mhango, Shonga.
 
Subs: Delle, Nyauza, Nyatama, Dlamini, Ndlovu, Mabasa, Mulenga.
 

 

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