Africa signaled to Royal after injury-time equalizer against Orlando Pirates

29 May 2022 | 08:59

Having conceded twice in seven minutes in the match that started in Durban, Royal halved the number of goals conceded by two goals in the 79th minute through a Thabo Matlaba lightning first Mfundo Thikazi leveled in the 93rd minute.

My boys are soldiers, they do not understand the meaning of failure. I’m so proud of them,” said the Royal coach and former Malawi star John Maduka after the return.

The equalizer lifted the Durban outfit to third place, who changed from a second tier club to a first tier club by buying the Bloemfontein Celtic franchise is short of cash just a week before the 2022-2023 season kicks off. Royal will remain in that position unless the Pirates set them on goal difference with a win with at least five goals at SuperSport United mid-table on Monday in the final game of the season.

Any club that finishes in the third qualifying round will qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup, Africa’s equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.

pirate got off to a dream start with Namibian Deon Hotto scored three minutes before creating the second for the Ghanaians Kwame Peprah. SuperSport needs maximum points to finish in eighth and secure a final spot in a lucrative early-season domestic tournament that carries a winner-all eight million rand Prize ($510,000 / 480,000 euros).

Tournament winner Mamelodi Sundown and runner-up Cape Town City will represent South Africa at the next CAF Champions League. Sundown is a perennial qualifier for Africa’s premier club-level competition, but it will be the first to feature Cape Town.

Marumo Gallants won another Confederation Cup spot, no matter if they win or lose FA Cup Final with Sundown on Saturday in Rustenburg.