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Orlando Pirates embark on a 4,664 km journey with a top prize of R20 million up for grabs

Thembinkosi Lorch from Orlando Pirates and Mahmoud Okashah from Al Ahli Tripoli

  • The Orlando Pirates travel to Nigeria to face Moroccan club RS Berkane in the CAF Confederation Cup final.
  • The Buccaneers, who won the 1995 CAF Champions League, are favorites to lift Friday’s coveted trophy.
  • Pirates will pocket 20 million Rand if they win the title.

This week, the giants of Soweto have a 4,664km journey ahead of them Orlando Pirates.

Their destination is Nigeria and the Buccaneers will depart from OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on logistical matters.

The Pirates will contest the final of the CAF Confederation Cup on Friday RS Berkane at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.

The Buccaneers had to work hard in a two-legged semifinal against Al Ahli Tripoli. However, despite a home defeat against the Libyan team The pirates secured themselves on Sunday 2:1 overall victory.

Berkane defeated TP Mazembe 4-2 on aggregate, scoring three goals in 17 minutes in the return leg in front of home fans in Morocco.

They now have a chance to win a second time the title they won against Egyptian club Pyramids FC in 2020.

Meanwhile, the Pirates last competed in the Confederation Cup final in 2015, when they suffered a 2-1 aggregate defeat at Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel.

Two years earlier, in 2013, the Pirates lost 3-1 on aggregate to Egyptian powerhouse Al Ahly in the Champions League final.

Win or lose, Pirates and Berkane are guaranteed to walk away with some money.

Second place gets a cool $625,000 (R10.1 million)while the club leaving Uyo with the trophy receives a check for $1.25 million (R20.30 million).

It has not been an easy season for the Buccaneers as their form in the league and domestic cup has dwindled over the course of the season.

But they somehow made it to the CAF finals and a title will be welcomed by their die-hard fans.

The kick-off for the final on Friday has not yet been determined.

Orlando Pirates embark on a 4,664 km journey with a top prize of R20 million up for grabs

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