Rakhale and Majoro grabs an away point for Pirates
Buccaneers earn two valuable Orlando Pirates came from two goals down to secure a 2-all draw in their CAF Confederations Cup first leg clash against CF Mounana in Gabon today.
Goals from substitutes Lehlohonolo Majoro and Thabo Rakhale were enough to see the Buccaneers take two valuable away goals back to Johannesburg.
The Buccaneers started slowly and were put under pressure from the onset by the home side, who claimed the lead on the half hour mark.
The hosts continued to bombard the Pirates goalmouth only to be denied by an alert Brighton Mhlongo who did exceptionally well to keep the score line as low as it was.
Bucs went into the break trailing by a goal.
The second half continued in a similar vein to the first, though Pirates did enjoy some more of the play and showed greater attacking intent. However, Mounana doubled their advantage after less than 10 minutes after the restart from the penalty spot after a foul in the box by defender Ayanda Gcaba.
Head Coach Eric Tinkler rang the changes soon after that goal by replacing Thamsanqa Gabuza and Thandani Ntshumayelo with Lennox Bacela and Lehlohonolo Majoro. It would be the latter, with around 20 minutes to play who would find the crucial away goal.
In the 78th minute, Tinkler bought on Thabo Rakhale.
A few minutes later Rakhale would round off a fantastic comeback with an individual goal worthy of his nickname “Jomo”, using his skill to tear through the defence and neatly tuck in the equaliser.
The Buccaneers return to Johannesburg with two vital away goals. The second leg will be played at Orlando Stadium on the weekend of the 1-3 May.
Date and kick off time will be confirmed at a later date.