ON THIS DAY: The Buccaneers conquer Africa


It was on this day 25 years ago when Orlando Pirates became the first club from Southern Africa to win the CAF Champions League (then African Champions Cup).

The Buccaneers took on then Ivory Coast Champions ASEC Mimosas in a two-legged final.

The first match took place on Saturday,  2 December at FNB Stadium with the score ending 2-2, the home side scoring through Helman Mkhalele and Gavin Lane.

The return leg was held on Saturday, 16 December at Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan.

It took a 73rd minute goal by Jerry Sikhosana after a mix-up by the ‘Mimosas’ defence which resulted in Pirates’ first and only continental title.

Pirates came close to emulating the class of 95’ when they finished as runners up in 2013 losing to Egyptian giants Al Ahly.


Williams Okpara, Lucky Shiburi, Bernard Lushozi, Gavin Lane, Mark Fish, Phiri Tsotetsi, Oupa Mabuza, Mandla Zwane, Edward Motale, Vincent Sokhela, John Moeti, Ernest Makhanya, Tebogo Moloi, Dumisa Ngobe, Innocent Mncwango, Helman Mkhalele, Brendan Silent, Marc Batchelor, Jerry Sikhosana, Bruce Ramokadi, Marks Maponyane.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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