After having spent over 25 years without winning a continental trophy, they were the first South African team to win the CAF Champions League back in 1995, Orlando Pirates went into the CAF Confederations Cup final match in Nigeria hoping to re-write history and become the very first South African team to win the CAF Confederations Cup as they locked horns with a Moroccan side RS Berkane Football Club, that was their last hurdle they had to try and overcome to earn themselves a silver star under their bagde, but their wasteful attacker made them wait even longer where he could have helped them ease the nerves with an early lead.
An opportunity provided itself on the 4th minute of the game with Deon Hotto hetting a golden opportunity after he was played in down the middle by Kabelo Dlamini, but rushed his shot and did not pock up a spot, he shot straight at the goalkeeper who made no mistake but easily made a save.
The Buccaneers managed to bridge Verkanevs defebce through a lovely combination play between Hotto who combined well with Thembinkosi Lorch and the move resulted in a corner kick on the 16th minute, Pirates won their first corner, and the duo manage to force another corner from the Moroccans. The subsequent set piece does yield much in terms of results for the Buccaneers, who are marshalled into safety.
Berkane turned defense into attack as they launched a counter attack on a quick transition on the 44th minute, the attack looked dangerous but Bucs gave as much as they received, they launched a threatening counter of their own but it ended with Hotto fouled right on the edge of the box.
The Moroccan giants were literally there for a taking, but the Soweto giants were not really taking advantage of the sloppiness by the team that eliminated TP Mazembe, they did not take the chances they created, making life difficult for themselves in the process, this is a big stage where you must make sure that you convert every single chance you create.
The two sides settled for a goalless half-time scoreline as they went into the break.
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