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Pirates Motivated By Chiefs’ CAFCL Heroics

Orlando Pirates defender Thulani Hlatshwayo has revealed that Kaizer Chiefs’ run to the CAF Champions League final has motivated them to do better on the continent.

The 31-year-old took part in a press conference around the unveiling of the new Buccaneers home and away kit for 2021/22.

Hlatshwayo also addressed the club’s targets for the new campaign, saying the club belongs in the CAF Champions League, in particular after the great run of Soweto rivals Chiefs.

“Obviously, we have been motivated by our rivalry team to reach the final,” he said. 

“I think for a team of this calibre it deserves to be there, it deserves to play Champions League and be able to go up against your Al Ahlys and make sure we get our star, our second one.”

Orlando Pirates media officer, Thandi Merafe underlined the club’s ambition, saying they want to become a force on the continent once more.

“We want to re-establish our place in the African continent. We were the first the first team in the country, in the Southern region to win the star and get the star on our badge,” she added.

“We want to go back there and compete in CAF competitions and this season is no exception. We’re looking to build from that and get back to winning that star.”

Pirates won the CAF Champions League in 1995, beating ASEC Mimosas 3-2 on aggregate, while they lost the 2013 final 3-1 on aggregate to Al Ahly.