Please do SA proud, Mighty Bucs
Orlando Pirates are on the cusp of history. Today, in Tunisia’s coastal city of Sousse, Pirates players will line up and compete to become the first South African team to win three continental competitions.
The Buccaneers first made the country proud in 1995 when they won the CAF Champions League, defeating ASEC Mimosas in the Ivory Coast. The next year, the team lifted the Super Cup – which is played by the winner of the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup – by defeating Algerian team JS Kabylie.
Two years ago, Pirates reached the final of the CAF Confederation Cup, but were defeated in Egypt by a determined Al Ahly.
Now Bucs are back in the final of the Confederation Cup and, even though they are on the back foot, having conceded an away goal at Orlando Stadium last Saturday, the team’s selfbelief and confidence on the pitch can help turn things around for them.
Security concerns in Tunisia saw the game being moved from an evening kickoff to a 4pm one. Some people say this favours Pirates. Weather predictions are that it will be sunny in Sousse on that day, conditions that suit the team.
Pirates’ exploits on the continent have united South African football lovers. The sight of rival Kaizer Chiefs fans at Orlando Stadium cheering on Pirates was one to behold.
In the past, football has succeeded in uniting not only fans, but the entire country.
Who can forget the images of Neil Tovey lifting the Africa Cup of Nations trophy inside a packed FNB Stadium in 1996?
The 2010 Fifa World Cup still remains one of this country’s proudest post-democracy sporting events.
Now the country waits as the mighty Pirates stand on the brink of glory. Do it for South Africa!