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Bucs aim to dethrone Al Ahly

Orlando Pirates take on Al Ahly in the Champions League final on Saturday.

It is estimated that there are around 800,000 Pirates fans in the Mother City.

CAPE TOWN - Orlando Pirates fans are gearing up for their all-important first leg clash against Al Ahly in the Champions League final.

In Cape Town, fans are doing the same as their counterparts up north.

It is estimated that there are around 800,000 Pirates fans in the Mother City, boasting 18 branches in their supporters club.

But why is there so much support for a team that isn't local? Many of the Pirates supporters aren't from Cape Town so it's not a regional thing.

Head of the Cape Town Supporters Clubs Zama Kolanisi says he was born to be a Buccaneer.

"I grew up in the Eastern Cape. My father was following Orlando Pirates so he used to take me up to Johannesburg just to watch the games when I was a youngster. I knew nothing about football but when I grew up it (Pirates) was in my heart. "

This may be the sentiment of many Pirates and football fans around the world.

Pirates have an illustrious history. They are four-time league winners and have won the MTN 8 a whopping nine times. They are also the only South African team to win the African Champions league.

However, compared to their opponent's seven titles, it's literally a drop in the ocean.

Given the way Pirates have performed in the continent and to reach the final, they must be feeling confident. South African teams have never travelled well in the continent and the lack of titles proves that.

No doubt their fans will pack Orlando Stadium to see their team on the cusp of winning the illustrious title, something that is long over-due in South African football.