Africa

Orlando Pirates Opponent Withdraws From Confederation Cup

Angolan side Sagrada Esperanca has withdrawn from the ongoing 2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup, it’s official.

This, comes ahead of their first round return leg against Orlando Pirates in South Africa.

“The management of the sports group Sagrada Esperanca withdraws its willingness and ambition to participate in all the competitions under CAF,” reads a translated letter from club vice president Dr Bruno Dos Santos.

The club has withdrawn due to “health concerns” and has asked the “understanding of our partners and supporters for the position now taken.”

Esperanca lost the first leg 1-0 courtesy of Thembikosi Lorch strike at Estadio Municipal dos Coqueiros last month.

The team was supposed to travel to South Africa for the second-leg game due January 6.

The development means that Pirates progress to the play-off round as they edge closer to the group stages.

Pirates best placement in Caf confederation cup came in 2015 when they lost to Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel in the final.

To reach this stage, Esparanca had received a walkover against Mbabane Swallows after Eswatini Football Association failed to confirm the team’s representation to CAF by deadline.

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