Orlando Pirates central defender Rooi Mahamutsa, said it was not a easy match but the team had to represent the South Africa with pride in their CAF Confederations cup semi-final second leg match against Al-Ahly in Egypt On Sunday. Orlando Pirates won the match 4-3 at the Suez Stadium, the buccaneers progressed into the Final with 5-3 aggregate score. Orlando Pirates will face Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel in the final.
“Tonight was all about pride,” Mahamutsa told the Orlando Pirates website.
“It wasn’t an easy match by any means. They (Ahly) made it very difficult for us to get comfortable, however we showed enough character in the second half and bounced back.
“It is hard to explain the process we went through but it’s as if we all were in tune with what we (as players) had to do. After all, this match was more than just a match for us as players or the club; it was for the millions of supporters back home who have supported us through and through… it was also about the pride of the nation.
“As the only Southern African team in the competition, we knew we had the responsibility to represent our country the way it should be represented,” concluded Mahamutsa.