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During the final, Pirates lost on a 2-1 aggregate result. After managing a 1-1 draw in the first leg meeting at Orlando Stadium on November 21, 2015, they travelled to Tunisia where they lost the second leg 1-0 at Stade Olympique de Sousse on November 29, 2015.
Pirates have a chance to make things right when they take on the Moroccan outfit, who will be making their third appearance in the final in four years, and won the competition in 2020 after defeating Egyptian side Pyramids FC 1-0 in the final at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Complex in Rabat.
Pirates reached the final after a 2-1 aggregate result against Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya. The Buccaneers travelled to Libya for the semi-final first leg meeting where they emerged 2-0 winners courtesy of goals from Innocent Maela and Goodman Mosele at Martyrs of February Stadium.
However, in the return leg at Orlando Stadium, they suffered a 1-0 defeat. On the other hand, Berkane qualified for the final stage after securing a 4-2 aggregate win against TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
After losing the first leg 1-0 at Stade TP Mazembe, Berkane, who were the runners-up in the 2019 edition after losing 5-3 on post-match penalties to Zamalek of Egypt, recovered to hammer ten-man Mazembe 4-1 at Stade Municipal de Berkane.
However, the Soweto giants won the match by a solitary goal to make it 1-1 on aggregate before winning the shootout to advance. They then wrote to Caf complaining about the act by Simba.
“The officials of the [Orlando Pirates-Simba SC] match indicated in their reports that: Simba SC players lit the fire in the center circle exactly at the starting point as they pretended to pray before the match started,” read a statement from Caf obtained by GOAL.
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“We had to pour water on the fire to put it out before we could start the game. Furthermore, Orlando Pirates club sent a complaint about the incident and the damage which occurred to the pitch.
“Photos and footage of the incident were also shared by Caf officials.”
Wekundu wa Msimbazi were asked to explain the incident but it seems they did not convince the Caf Disciplinary Board beyond reasonable doubt that they are not guilty and action against them has now been taken.
“After having heard the arguments of the parties concerned, analysed the videos and images in its possession, Caf Disciplinary Board has decided to impose the following sanctions for failure to comply and implement existing safety rules: $10,000 for the performance of hazardous rituals by your players before the start of the match,” the Board decided.