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Who Are We Discussing After Pirates' Loss? Hotto, Berkane's Penalty, Lorch or VAR?

CAF competitions are always clouded with controversy, Orlando Pirates fans feel they have something to complain about after their team was beaten in post match penalties, they believe that there was poor officiating, especially the penalty that saw the Moroccan side Berkane SC taking a lead during the first half of extra-time, they feel it was a soft penalty after substitute midfielder Thabang Monare was adjudged to have fouled Berkane's attacker inside the box, the Zambian referee Janny Sakizwe only made the penalty call after he made consultation with the Video Assistant Referee, mostly if the referee is called over the VAR booth, the defending team should know that there is going to be a penalty.

After the penalty was awarded, the Moroccan people side's captain stepped up and converted the spot kick perfectly, but fans felt there must have been a retake since there was an infringement, one of Berkane's player could be seen clearly before the ball was even kicked, but the officials including VAR did not pick it up, or rather they turned a blind eye on it.

When everybody though Berkane have won, things changed dramatically with three minutes remaining on the clock, Pirates' trusted midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch became a hero after his pass turned into a goal, he attempted to play a pass to Tsegofatso Mabasa, but somehow, the ball elluded everyone including the goalkeeper and found its way to the back of the net, bringing the Buccaneers back into the game and set up the penalty shootouts.

After he was a hero, Lorch turned into a valin since his penalty was the only one that was saved, the rest scored including Richard Ofori's one, Berkane managed to convert all their spot kicks to win the 2022 CAF Confederations Cup trophy, Lorch won the man of the match accolade, but he was never happy to receive the award since he was the reason Pirates lost.

However, the Sea Robbers could have won in in 90 minutes if they took all the chances they created, the Moroccan side was not really troubling them, but on the other hand, Pirates created more scoring opportunities which they wasted, Deon Hotto is the man who had three golden opportunities to put the game to bed, but somehow he squandered all those chances.

Lorch was seen on tears after the game when he received his Man of the Match award, he could not even say anything during the interview, all he said was they needed luck to win the game, but it was not there for them.


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