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Ex-Pirates Attacker Makes Bold Claim

A former Orlando Pirates attacking midfielder has made the bold claim that the Buccaneers are African football giants despite the club eyeing its first continental success in 27 years.

Click through the gallery to view some of Orlando Pirates' 1995 CAF CL winners 

Pirates reached their first continental competition final since 2015 as they beat Libyan outfit Al Ahly Tripoli 2-1 over two legs in the CAF Confederation Cup at the weekend.

Retired Pirates attacker Joseph Kamwendo believes that his former club should be mentioned in the same breath as Al-Ahly, TP Mazembe, Espérance de Tunis and Zamalek as African football giants.

“Playing in Africa is a huge task, and Pirates recaching the Confederation Cup (final) shows that they are one of the giants in African football, and it is not a surprise that they have reached the final,” Kamwendo told the Siya crew.

“A lot of teams put in plenty of energy in CAF competitions, and the way Pirates have performed in the league in the last six years it is different from the way they have played in cup competitions such as the Champions League, MTN8 and now Confed Cup, they are giants,” he reiterated.

Prior to reaching the final of the Confed Cup this season, Pirates’ previous best run in Africa’s own version of the Europa League was advancing to the Group Stage in 2016. The Sea Robbers were also runners-up to Etoile Sahel of Tunisia in 2015 before being knocked out in the quarter-final stage of the 2017 CAF Champions League.

“We should praise the technical team, management and the Pirates players for the fight throughout the tournament. As a former player, they represent us well; they are in the final because they did well,” added Kamwendo, who backs Bucs to win the Confed Cup. “Pirates have got what it takes to win, they have all the arsenal to lift the trophy.”

The Soweto giants will tackle Renaissance Sportive de Berkane, the 2020 Confed Cup champions, on Friday in the final in the Nigerian city of Uyo.

With a victory against the Moroccan side, Bucs will make history and become the first South African club to win the Confed Cup.

Click through the gallery to view some of Orlando Pirates' 1995 CAF CL winners 

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