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In the world of South African football, Orlando Pirates endured a week of ups and downs, facing three losses in seven days but ultimately securing their spot in the 2023 MTN8 final.

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Orlando Pirates star Monnapuleng Saleng battling with Stellenbosch FC players during the second leg 2023 MTN8 semifinal clash at Orlando Stadium.

Under the guidance of manager Jose Riveiro, the Buccaneers navigated through a rollercoaster of emotions, setting their sights on a chance at redemption.

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Orlando Pirates’ Tough Week

The week began with a shock defeat at the hands of Jwaneng Galaxy in the CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg.

The loss served as a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of football and the tough competition that exists on the continental stage.

Despite this setback, the Pirates remained resolute in their pursuit of glory.

Midweek Clash Against Mamelodi Sundowns 

Midweek, Orlando Pirates clashed with Mamelodi Sundowns in a DStv Premiership encounter.

Unfortunately, they were unable to reverse their fortunes, succumbing to another defeat.

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The pressure mounted as fans anxiously awaited a response from the team.

Orlando Pirates Lose To Stellenbosch But Reach MTN8 Final

The defining moment of the week came on Sunday afternoon when Pirates faced Stellenbosch.

A 1-0 loss seemed to be yet another setback, but a silver lining emerged.

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Thanks to the away goals rule, Pirates secured their spot in the MTN8 final, offering a glimmer of hope in an otherwise challenging week.

270 Minutes: 3 Games Without A Goal

What was particularly concerning for the Pirates was their inability to find the back of the net throughout this demanding stretch of fixtures.

More than 270 minutes of football passed without a goal, a drought that undoubtedly tested the team’s resolve.

Looking ahead, Pirates now have a date with destiny in the 2023 MTN8 final.

Their opponents, Sundowns, overcame Kaizer Chiefs in the other semi-final clash, setting the stage for a highly anticipated showdown.

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The final is scheduled to take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on 07 October 2023.

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