Orlando Pirates suffered a 1-0 defeat to Simba SC in the CAF Confederations Cup quarter-finals which was the first-leg between the two clubs. Orlando Pirates is one of the best clubs in South Africa and they dueled against Tanzania's best football club.
The South African football club had an impressive first half with chances which could have seen them lead the match, but unfortunately the match ended in a goalless draw at the half-time break.
The second half of the match were in favour of Simba SC as a mistake made by Orlando Pirates led to a penalty which saw Simba SC win the match 1-0 at full-time. In the second half Orlando Pirates defender Happy Jele fouled former Orlando Pirates player Bernard Morrison for a penalty which saw Simba SC claim the lead at 1-0.
It was so ironic that a former player of Orlando Pirates were the reason behind Simba SC's success in the first-leg tie, as his foul led to Pirates defeat. After Morrison was fouled, Shomari Kapombe scored the penalty which now leave Orlando Pirates with homework to do as the second-leg will be their last chance to qualify for the semi-finals.
Orlando Pirates will be having the home ground advantage in the second-leg, and that should count in their favour as they will be looking to get back in the game. Orlando Pirates stands a good chance of getting back as they only trailing by one goal in the two-legged tie.
After the defeat, Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi lashed out about the ill-treatment the club had to endure. Ncikazi felt that the penalty should not have been given to Simba as it was not a penalty at all and when Pirates were to get a penalty it was not given.
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