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Orlando Pirates fans are expectant on Soweto Derby Day. Image: BackpagePix

HUGE boost for Orlando Pirates in CAF Champions League chase

A massive result for the Buccaneers!

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Orlando Pirates fans are expectant on Soweto Derby Day. Image: BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates now have their CAF Champions League fate in their own hands after Stellies lost 2-0 against Swallows on Saturday.


Orlando Pirates can secure CAF Champions League football with three wins

Pirates know that wins against Richards Bay, TS Galaxy and SuperSport in the DStv Premiership will secure second place and a lucrative, prestigious CAF Champions League spot next season. They also have a date with Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup final on 1 June, so plenty to be happy about for Bucs fans. The Sea Robbers are in stunning form, winning seven games on the bounce across all competitions, before their Saturday evening meeting with Richards Bay. Stellenbosch’s remaining fixtures are against SuperSport and TS Galaxy. Swallows, meanwhile, did their survival hopes a world of good. They’re guaranteed to stay in the top flight next season if Richards Bay fail to beat Pirates.

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USM Alger wins the CAF cup after the 2 goals away advantage. Image: Getty Images.

MBATHA IS SUSPENDED

Thalente Mbatha will play no part against Richards Bay on Saturday, 11 May, after picking up a fourth booking of the campaign, against Chippa. Pirates were comfortable 2-0 winners against the Chilli Boys, thanks to a brace from red-hot striker Tshegofatso Mabasa. Mbatha has been a key figure since arriving from SuperSport on loan. The consensus is that Pirates will exercise their option to sign him permanently. A clash against relegation strugglers Richards Bay isn’t the worst match for him to miss, although the visitors are fighting for their lives in the top flight. Mbatha and Makhuala anchored the midfield against Chippa, so Miguel Timm should come in for Mbatha. Kickoff between Pirates and Richards Bay is at 20:00.


Mofokeng is the next big star

19-year-old Relebohile Mofokeng, a hugely popular figure among Pirates fans, is being tipped to wear the number 10 jersey at some stage. Jomo Sono is a giant name in South African football. The flashy star spent five entertaining years with Orlando Pirates before embarking on a North American adventure. Steve Lekolea tried on his number 10 jersey but nobody can do it like Jomo. More recently, Vincent Pule had a short spell with the jersey in 2020/21 but the 10 has become more or less extinct. 

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Relebohile Mofokeng with Orlando Pirates against Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Image: BackpagePix

WILL THE SEA ROBBERS FINISH THE SEASON WITH TWO TROPHIES?

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