CAF Confederation Cup
Result: Al-Ahli Benghazi 0-0 Orlando Pirates
Date: 04 April 2021
Venue: Martyrs of February Stadium
Orlando Pirates dropped to second spot in Group A after playing to a goalless away to Al-Ahli Benghazi on Sunday evening.
Pirates made four changes from the loss to Kaizer Chiefs, as shot-stopper Wayne Sandilands, Fortune Makaringe, Terrence Dzvukamanja and Gabadinho Mhango were all recalled.
The Buccaneers were under pressure in the early exchanges but Vincent Pule came close to giving them the lead in the 21st minute with a powerful free-kick that forced shot-stopper Murad Al Wuheeshi into a good save.
Al Ahli kept on fashioning chances, as Shamikh Hamid had a chance to break the deadlock on the half-hour mark after he receiving a pass from a corner but his strike from the edge of the box missed wide.
The first half was a lively affair, with Ibrahem Bodabous getting another chance for the hosts from a free-kick five minutes before the break but his strike sailed just wide of Sandilands' goal.
Ben Motshwari came close to breaking the deadlock for Pirates seven minutes after the break with a cracking strike from outside the box that came off the upright, while Mhango also came close to getting the breakthrough for the visitors in the 68th minute but his strike was saved by Wuheeshi after a through ball by Pule.
Jibreel Alwadawi had a big chance for Al Ahli in the lead in the last quarter of an hour with a close range strike that was brilliantly saved by Sandilands.
The game was on the edge in the closing minutes and Mhango was unlucky not to snatch the winner for the Buccaneers in stoppage time after hitting the post with a strike from inside the box, but goalless was how the encounter ended.
As a result, Pirates dropped down to second in the group with five points, one point ahead of Al Ahli, who sit in third spot.
Here's how they started:
Pirates: Sandilands, Hlatshwayo, Nyauza, Mako, Ndlovu, Makaringe, Motshwari, Mntambo, Pule, Mhango, Dzvukamanja.
Subs: Mpontshane, Tshobeni, Sam, Dlamini, Mabaso, Jooste, Mabasa