Pirates’ suspended duo in Cairo for moral support

2013-11-08 10:14

Orlando Pirates have decided to travel with the suspended duo of Andile Jali and Happy Jele to Cairo even though the two will miss Sunday’s CAF Champions League decider against Al Ahly.

The two are in camp with the team to give moral support after playing an integral part in the team’s successful run in the tournament so far, which saw them reaching their first final in 18 years.

They both received second yellow cards in last weekend’s first leg at Orlando Stadium, which ruled him out of Sunday’s decider.

Jele, who has been captaining the team in the absence of Lucky Lekgwathi, said he confident the team would do well in his absence.

The defender said he had no doubt whoever got the nod would fill his position well.

“I am here to give them moral support and to push them all the way. It is disappointing to miss a game of this magnitude, but it was not to be and there is nothing I can do about it. I am just hopeful the team will do well in my absence,” said Jele.

He said he would have liked to finish off the tournament but has accepted his misfortunes. He said he knew as soon as he received the yellow card that he was not going to feature in the second leg but that did not affect his game.

Jele said he expected a tough encounter against a formidable side and said it would not be easy for either side.

The two teams played to a 1-1 draw, which suits Al Ahly because of the away-goal rule. A goalless draw would see the Egyptian giants retaining their title while Pirates need an outright victory or a high-scoring draw to wrestle the trophy away from Al Ahly.

Kickoff on Sunday is at 6pm South African time.

» Molobi is in Cairo

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