Orlando Pirates’ hunt for his or her first CAF Confederation Cup trophy continues after a penalty shootout loss to RS Berkane on Friday evening.
Following their semi-final second-leg match towards Al Ahli Tripoli final weekend, the Buccaneers made no modifications as Happy Jele started his third continental closing for the membership.
With simply three minutes on the clock, Pirates squandered a golden alternative to seize the lead by way of Deon Hotto, who shot a wonderfully timed by way of move straight at goalkeeper Hamiani Akbi from a transparent place.
All of Pirates’ earlier interventions continued to go their method as Jele headed a cross from Goodman Mosele barely previous the close to put up.
Minutes after the half-hour mark, the Buccaneers had one other respectable probability, with a low speculative try by Bandile Shandu forcing Akbi to run down and parry away.
On the stroke of halftime, Berkane started to push ahead and got here near taking the lead due to a low shot from Charki El Bahri that Richard Ofori struggled to cope with.
After the break, the Buccaneers continued to dominate, forcing one other close-range cease from Akbi on one other guilt-edge try by Hotto with the defence caught sq..
Tshegofatso Mabasa changed Kwame Peprah up entrance for Pirates over half-hour within the second half with a contemporary pair of legs within the closing third.
The Pirates nonetheless struggled up prime, the place the addition of Mabasa had little discernible impact, and the sport went into further time.
Five minutes into further time, Berkane obtained a foul from Thabang Monare within the space following a overview and received a penalty, which El Fahli put away comfortably.
After Mabasa nodded a drifted ball throughout the bottom-corner, it was now all out assault for the Buccaneers, who seemed to be on the verge of a comeback.
On 117 minutes, Lorch got here quick within the space from a protracted ball and noticed the move go into the online, bringing Pirates degree.
After Lorch’s penalty was saved, the sport went to a penalty shoot-out, and Berkane received. Brahim El Bahraoui scored the profitable kick.