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Pirates qualify for CAF semi-finals

Orlando Pirates welcomed Al Ahly to the Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

FILE: Orlando Pirates‬ fans are seen during their team's penalty shootout against ‪Kaizer Chiefs‬ at the Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates have qualified for the CAF Champions League semi-finals following a tense 0-0 draw at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Orlando Pirates welcomed Al Ahly to the Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon in a African Champions League encounter.

The last time these two sides met, Pirates shocked the football fraternity, famously beat the Egyptian giants 3-0 away from home. A similar result would no doubt set South Africa off into absolute hysteria.

Tlou Segolela had a golden opportunity to give the Sea Robbers the lead in the 17th minute, but failed to find a clean connect the ball.

Just before the half hour mark, Sifiso Myeni found himself in space, but his shot could only find the side netting.

Neither side really tested the opposition keeper in the latter parts of the half, seeing the teams head into the change room locked at nil nil.

Chances were few and far between in the second half with neither side creating any clear goal scoring opportunities.

Thulasizwe Mbuyane found himself behind the defence with nothing but the keeper to beat. He tried to side foot his strike and blew his opportunity right over the bar.

In the final quarter, a diving header from Daine Klate was fantastically stopped by Sharif Ekrami.

At the end of the 90 minutes, neither side managed to find the back of the net, but as far as Pirates fans were concerned, it all mattered for very little.

Back in Egypt, Zamalek needed to defeat AC Leopards from the Congo to assist Pirates' passage into the last four.

The Egyptians conceded first, sending shivers down the spines of all those in attendance at the Orlando Stadium, but from there, Zamalek turned things around, miraculously scoring four unanswered goals to defeat Leopards 4-1.

The result means Pirates finish one point clear of Zamalek to secure second place on the log and will next face Esperance from Tunisia in the semi-finals.