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Pirates hold slight advantage over Al Ahly

Thamsanqa Gabuza scored the only goal of the match, with Pirates dominating the play in the first half.

Orlando Pirates fans at the Orlando Stadium. Picture: Leeto M Khoza/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates will travel to Egypt with a slight advantage following their 1-0 victory against Al Ahly in the first leg Caf Confederation Cup semi-final at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

Thamsanqa Gabuza scored the only goal of the match, with Pirates dominating the play in the first half.

The Egyptian side got the game off to a promising start, pushing forward looking for an opener but the Buccaneers keeper denied them on several occasions.

Buoyed by the early goal, Pirates looked even more dangerous going forward, looking to increase their goal margin but had to be mindful of the visitors' counter-attacks, forcing coach Eric Tinkler to play cards very close to his chest.

As a result, Tinkler was forced to make few changes in a bid to try and bolster his defense and introduced Issa Sarr to curb the visitors' attacks.