Orlando Pirates tastes victory after handed a boost in prestigious tournament
Orlando Pirates are one of many African clubs participating in the CAF Confederations Cup, which is one of Africa's best prestigious tournaments on the continent, second to the CAF Champions league, and their run in the tournament has been handed a significant boost as they tasted victory without even playing a second-leg fixture against Oilers FC which was scheduled to be played at Orlando Pirates home ground. Orlando Pirates set up a 2-0 aggregate lead against Oilers when they defeated the home side in the first-leg fixture.
Although Orlando already looked like sure winners of the two-legged CAF Confederations Cup tie with two goals in the lead, they will not get to play the second-leg. The second-leg would've been a fun fixture to watch, as Orlando Pirates could've potentially scored more goals to extend their aggregate lead, but that won't happen as the club will just have to settle with a 2-0 win against Oilers FC.
Orlando Pirates was expected to host Oilers on Sunday, but CAF has received a letter from the Liberia Football Association (FA) which read that Oilers FC has confirmed that they will be withdrawing from the tournament for the season. "CAF has received a letter from the Liberia FA confirming the withdrawal of LPRC Oilers from the TotalEnergies CAF Confederations Cup this season", CAF confirmed in a statement.
"Consequently, this weekend's scheduled fixture between Orlando Pirates and LPRC Oilers has been cancelled in accordance with the Regulations of the competition", read the statement. I won't say Orlando Pirates are lucky to progress in the CAF Confederations Cup because Oilers withdrawn, because Pirates did do good enough in the first-leg not to have felt threatened by Oilers at home in the second-leg. But since Oilers without a given reason why they withdrew from the tournament, Pirates automatically won a fixture never played.
Pirates now have the chance to impress against their next opponents in the tournament which will be announced.