Gallants stun Pyramids to reach Caf Confed Cup semis

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  • Post published:May 1, 2023

Marumo Gallants booked their place in the Caf Confederation Cup semi-finals after they stunned Egyptian giants Pyramids FC on Sunday evening.

Celimpilo Ngema scored on minute 39 to give the home team a 1-0 win at home and a surprising 2-1 win overall in the quarter-final.

With only three rounds left in the domestic league, Marumo are only two points above the relegation zone. They have only won five of their 27 games.

But a team made up almost entirely of players who were cut from other top clubs has done well in the second-best African league this season, winning eight games and drawing one.

Even South African football fans didn’t think Marumo would make it to the semi-finals after they were paired with Pyramids, who were the runners-up in the 2020 Confederations Cup.

But Gallants won the first leg in Cairo until they gave away a late penalty that former Premier League winger Ramadan Sobhi used to tie the game.

The winning goal in the second leg came when a Pyramids player tried to clear the ball, but it hit a teammate and went back to Ngema. Ngema then slammed the ball past custodian Ahmed el Shenawy from close range.

Soon after halftime, Egypt’s South African Fagrie Lakay had a great chance to tie the game, but he shot wide with only Zimbabwean custodian Washington Arubi to beat.

In the last few minutes, Marumo was under a lot of pressure, but they didn’t give up. In extra time, the post stopped them from scoring a second goal.

The South Africans will now play Young Africans from Tanzania for a spot in the final. The first leg of the match will be on May 13 in Dar es Salaam, and the second leg will be on May 20.

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