Ghanaian pair Ofori and Peprah feature in Orlando Pirates’ defeat to RS Berkane in CAF Confederation Cup final

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Ghanaian duo Richard Ofori and Kwame Peprah were in action for Orlando Pirates as they suffered an agonising penalty shoot-out defeat to Morocco’s Renaissance Berkane in the 2021/22 CAF Confederation Cup final in Uyo, Nigeria.

Ofori lasted the entire duration of the game and scored in the penalty shoot-out while Peprah was substituted in the 60th minute on Friday night.

Berkane keeper Hamza Hamiani Akbi saved Thembinkosi Lorch’s spot-kick – Pirates’ second – while the Moroccans were flawless in their execution, scoring all five after the game had finished 1-1 after extra time.

Lorch, who dramatically levelled for Pirates in the 117th minute after Youssef El Fahli had put the North Africans ahead from the spot seven minutes into extra time, was consoled by team-mates after his decisive miss.

Pirates were on top for large spells but failed to make their dominance count, with Hamiani producing three brilliant saves to stop the Buccaneers.

Berkane previously won the Confederation Cup in 2020, having finished runners-up a year earlier.

Pirates, who lost on their sole appearance in the Confederation Cup final in 2015 to Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel, missed several opportunities to win a match they largely dominated.

Former DR Congo boss Florent Ibenge was given a huge applause by his Berkane players inside the Nest of Champions.

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