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Orlando Pirates hold Al Ahly

South African side Orlando Pirates claimed a 1-1 draw with Al Ahly of Egypt in the CAF Champions League first leg match in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Orlando Pirates celebrate their late equaliser.
Orlando Pirates celebrate their equaliser.

Al Ahly, the defending champions, took the lead early in the first-half via a Mohamed Aboutrika free-kick.

However, the home side struck back through Thabo Matlaba, who scored the equaliser in injury-time to set up an enticing second-leg, which will be played in Cairo next Sunday.

"We have something to play for," said Orlando coach Roder de Sa. "A 1-1 draw at home not the greatest result, but I believe we can score there in Egypt.We will attack in the second leg and hope for the best."

De Sa's Al Ahly counterpart Mohamed Youssef said: "A 1-1 draw away from home is a fair result. There is still another 90 minutes to be played in Cairo. We hope to change our approach at home and we will win."


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