17 years on and the mighty Buccaneers are chasing their second African Champions League title. Having been the only South African club to claim this prestigious title the Sea Robbers are sitting pretty at the top of group A and look most likeliest to finish top of the group.

It might be too early to say Roger De Sa's man can set their sights on winning the cup already but Pirates certainly do look the part thus far. In 1995 Orlando Pirates won their first CAF Champions league title.

A win for the Buccaneers would not only mean glory for the club but for the entire country and would also mean South African football is on the rise again and can compete with the rest of Africa. Pirates hold top spot in group A, sitting with seven points from three games after a draw against AC Léopards (Congo) on the opening day followed by two victories against Egyptian giants Al-Ahly and Zamalek.

Pirates are sitting with a very healthy goal difference of +6 and this comes as no surprise as they possess a quality team all round. Shot stopper Senzo Meyiwa is making a name for himself very quickly, developing a reputation for saving penalties the Pirates number one stopped three penalties so far. The youngster seems to be getting better and better with every game that passes.

With the likes of Jali and Manyisa marshalling the centre and Klate,Segolela and Myeni as wideman feeding inform Bacela and now injured Mbesuma, attacking wise the Buccaneers look the complete unit. Defensively Pirates are just as strong with captain courageous Lucky Lekgwathi controlling things.

After 17 years Pirates could add to their collection and win a second CAF Champions League title, all is left in their own hands now. I would like to wish De Sa's man well ahead of their away clash with Egypt's FC Zamalek. Shappa Pirates Shappa

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