Njabulo Ngidi
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24 Aug 2015
11:40 am

Makola wants Al Ahly in Confed Cup semis

Njabulo Ngidi

Orlando Pirates midfielder Mpho Makola has echoed his captain Oupa Manyisa's sentiments about the desire to face Egyptian giants Al-Ahly again.

Mpho Makola of Orlando Pirates (5) celebrates a goal with teammates during the CAF Confederation Cup match between Orlando Pirates and AC Leopards at Lucas Moripe Stadium (Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix)

But Makola would like to meet Al-Ahly in the final of the Caf Confederation Cup, which would be a repeat of the 2013 Caf Champions League where Pirates finished on the losing side.

Makola and Manyisa scored the goals that ensured the Buccaneers booked a place in the semifinals of the Confederation Cup with a match to spare after a 2-0 win over AC Leopards on Saturday night at Orlando Stadium.

The top two teams of Group B will face the top two teams from Group A that consists of Al-Ahly, Etoile du Sahel, Stade Malien and Esperance.

“We are not really concerned about who we face,” Makola said.

“We are just looking forward to playing in the semis. But it would be a really great final if we were to meet Al-Ahly.”

Pirates reaching the semifinals along with Zamalek from Group B finished off what has been a superb week for Makola. On Tuesday he scored twice to help his side beat Chippa United 4-1 in the Absa Premiership and on Thursday received his first Bafana Bafana call-up for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mauritania next month.

“I have always been ready, I am excited about the Bafana Bafana call-up,” Makola said.

“The consistency we have had in this tournament goes down to the work we have put in as a team.

“We have been working hard. I am glad we’ve qualified for the semis. The experience we have from playing in the Champions League and in the Confederation Cup is phenomenal.

“Our attitude has changed a lot, even when we come to play in the domestic league. That has done a wonders for us. The experience we gained in the Champions League has helped us in this tournament.”