The Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Nigeria was fully packed in an unexpected way, gratitude must be given to the football loving nation of Nigeria for coming in their numbers and support African football, it shows that the West African nation has been hungry for something like this, perhaps this exercise will also encourage Nigerian football clubs to take the CAF tournaments very seriously.
To get to the contents of this match, upon watching and observing the game, it was clear from the first half that Orlando Pirates should have easily defeated RS Berkane if they were not wasteful on the chances they create, and this match wouldn't have been pushed to extra time and the penalties. The Premier Soccer League (PSL) side appeared to be stronger when compared to RS Berkane, as they had ball possession, ball control and there were moments whereby they created opportunities to score but failed to capitalise.
The second half was no different to the first half, as no strikers from either sides was willing to score. This also led to the Orlando Pirates technical team to substitute Kwame Peprah for Tshegofatso Mabasa with the hopes that he would score for the team. The match was extended to extra time, the Soweto giants bought in two new players Thabang Monare and Siphesihle Ndlovu were subed for Motshwari and Shandu. RS Berkane were then awarded a penalty, early on extra time as Thabang Monare fouled an RS Berkane player in the box, and then El Fahli was able to convert and make it 1-0. Orlando Pirates equalising goal came in the last minutes of extra time through Thembinkosi Lorch.
As the match headed to penalties Thembinkosi Lorch turned from being a hero to a vilan after his penalty shot was stopped by the keeper, the match ended with a 5-4 victory on penalties to RS Berkane, and Orlando Pirates was left humbled and wounded.
Source: Kick Off
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