Match Preview: Orlando Pirates vs Enyimba FC

Enyimba FC and Orlando Pirates will rekindle the great football rivalry between Nigeria and South Africa when both sides clash on match day two of the CAF Confederation Cup in Group A.

The tie which is billed for Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 5pm (Nigerian time) will see the Elephants march onto the 37,000 capacity Orlando Stadium in Soweto.


Enyimba FC’s recent visits to South Africa has been cagey.

2005: Enyimba FC held Ajax Capetown to a 1-1 draw in Cape Town (group stage CAFCL).

2006: Enyimba FC were beaten by Orlando Pirates 1-0 in Soweto (group stage CAFCL).

2016: Enyimba FC lost to Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 in Pretoria (group stage CAFCL)

2018: Enyimba FC forced Bidvest Wits to a 1-1 draw in Johannesburg (Play-off round CAFCC)

2019: Enyimba triumphed over TS Galaxy 2-1 in Kameelriver (Play-off round CAFCC)


This is the third time Enyimba FC will be facing Orlando Pirates in a CAF club competition. In 2006 both teams met for the first time in the CAF Champions League group stage, the Buccanears won 1-0 in South Africa and then held the People’s Elephant to a goalless draw in Nigeria in the reverse fixture.

FORM GUIDE (Last 5 Games)

Enyimba FC – WDDDW

Orlando Pirates – DWWWD


No major/fresh concerns for Coach Fatai Osho, rather, striker Tosin Omoyele returns after serving his suspension. However, Sadiq Abubakar who missed the opening group game against Ahly Benghazi will face a late fitness test ahead of the trip.

Coach Fatai

“Orlando Pirates play good football and move the ball quickly too, they can play their way out in difficult situations, their speed of play is in abundance as well; it is going to be a tough task but we are very prepared for this.” – Coach Fatai Osho

Captain Oladapo

“The game against Ahly Benghazi was a good game for us and a morale booster, the game has built our confidence and we will love to continue our winning run. The game is a big battle because whosoever wins goes top of the group, Pirates are a good side but we are here (South Africa) for a win.” – Captain Austin Oladapo

Enyimba FC started their campaign on a bright note with a 2-1 home win over Ahly Benghazi, while Orlando Pirates played out a goalless draw at ES Setif away from home; a win for the Elephants will see them extend their lead at the top of Group A.

Comments (17)

  1. Enyimba is pretty strong team, but hey up the bucks! I go with sea robbers 2-1

  2. Muhammad Umar

    I’m fully confidence in Elephant

  3. OgaNlaMedia

    Go Enyimba!!!

  4. Asakula Tosin

    Enyimba international we are proudly of them, Enyimba is coming back with a victory over Orlando Pirates.

  5. Azunna Samuel Samuel

    Enyimba international as we proudly called, should know the important of this match, so all we need is victory, good luck

  6. isaiah ayodele

    Orlando pirates are good side, Enyimba just have to play as if they play the CAF confederation final. Up Enyimba FC for life.

  7. Max Spinks

    Welcome To Bucs Land

    You are playing against The Sea Robbers, The Buccaneers and we are The Ghost! We are Orlando Pirates!

    Three points at his Ke is a Must have! We will entertain and out play you in the field but will respect and honour your outside the field!

    Welcome to South Africa

  8. Ifesinachi

    Please we should not go for draw but win..

    We can do this for Nigeria .

  9. We should ready to convert half chance if we are to make statement in RSA next tomorrow evening. Let’s play as a team and always remember we are representing millions of Nigerians. Up Enyimba.

  10. Uduma Jennifer Ezinne

    We’re very hopeful….I believe in the abilities of the players and all the crew….with hardwork and consistency 3 points is assured….

  11. getting a draw is gud, but we need 100% win. Attack frm start to fininsh.

  12. Daïshi Arafat

    At least a draw in this game will really boost the confidence of the players and fans. We need winning too the players should be motivated this is Caf.

  13. Adebayo Adekola

    Good Information So far, the coach and the captain spoke well, we the fans are in high expectations. We hope and pray for a win over the home side.

  14. Femi fayefunmi

    Get the qualification to the next round and kindly restore our lost continental power

  15. Tonye orabere

    You left out your opponents perception about the game. I also expect you to get the mental state of both teams. Telling us the strong holds of both teams also.
    However, your stat. Is good.
    I expect preview to create sensation, tension and intrigues.

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