Pirates into Confederation Cup play-off round after Esperanca no-show

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed on Monday that Orlando Pirates have qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup play-off following the withdrawal of their first-round opponents Sagrada Esperanca.

Pirates were set to host the Angolan side at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday following their 1-0 away win in Luanda in December 2020.

“Orlando Pirates can confirm that the CAF Confederation Cup match against GD Sagrada Esperanca which was scheduled for Wednesday, 6 January 2021 has been cancelled,” Pirates said in a statement.

“The club received communication from CAF this afternoon confirming the cancelation of the match and subsequent progression to the next round by Orlando Pirates.”

The Confederation of African Football’s statement read: “Within the framework of the organisation of M.58 [match 58] Orlando Pirates vs GD Sagrada Esperanca counting for the 2nd preliminary round of the Total Caf Confederation Cup 2020/21‚ we would like to inform you that the club GD Sagrada Esperanca has withdrawn from the competition.

“Therefore‚ we hereby inform you that the club Orlando Pirates is automatically qualified to the next round‚ namely the additional 2nd preliminary round. Furthermore‚ the mission of the designated officials for the above-mentioned match is cancelled. A letter will be communicated to the Angolan Federation incorporating further details regarding the withdrawal.”

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