Please do SA proud, Mighty Bucs

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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!

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