The countdown to the CAF Confederation Cup final in Uyo, Nigeria, which will take place on Friday, has started, and the mood in the Orlando Pirates' camp is as good as it can possibly be at this point.
The Buccaneers have made history by reaching the final of the continental competition on three separate occasions. Despite the fact that the club failed at the last hurdle in the previous two finals as they ended up on the losing side, the Soweto giants will aim to finally get it right this time around to make up for their disappointing performance in the DStv Premiership campaign under the guidance of co-coaches Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids.
At the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, the Buccaneers are hoping to garner the support of the community because the club currently features Olisa Ndah, a member of the local community, in its roster of players.
"I strongly encourage the fans from Nigeria to show up and show their support for us as we return to the stadium that they call home, Ndah. We are playing at the Akwa Stadium, which is where he won the league before he joined Pirates, so we are hoping that the Nigerians in the stadium will get behind us. In addition, we will have that extra 12th man in the stadium, which will allow a neutral venue to become our home ground. Therefore, we are quite pleased with the location, "This week, Davids was quoted as saying something to the media.
The CAF has stated that the final match between the Pirates and RS Berkane will begin at 21h00 (Friday, South African time) on the day of the match.
In the meantime, the fact that six players from Pirates' club have been named to Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos' preliminary squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers is adding to the excitement surrounding the club.
Bandile Shandu, Innocent Maela, Goodman Mosele, Thabang Monare, and Fortune Makaringe are the six players who have been suspended. Thembinkosi Lorch is the player who has been suspended for attacking.
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