48 hours until Orlando Pirates add their name to THIS winners’ list?

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Depending when you’re reading this, it’s just over two days until Soweto giants Orlando Pirates hopefully become South Africa’s first ever winners of the CAF Confederation Cup.

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The CAF Confederation Cup is an annual club competition organised by CAF since 2004. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national league and cup competitions.

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It is the second-tier competition of African club football, ranking below the CAF Champions League.

The winner of the tournament faces the winner of the CAF Champions League in the following season’s CAF Super Cup.

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In 2004, the CAF Confederation Cup was founded as the merger of the CAF Cup and the African Cup Winners’ Cup.

Much like the CAF Champions League, the competition has also been dominated by North African sides, with 13 (of the 18) titles to date being won by the region.

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There has yet to be a South African winner with Orlando Pirates losing 2-1 on aggregate to Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel in 2015 and SuperSport United falling short by the same scoreline against the DR Congo’s TP Mazembe in 2017.

Will the Buccaneers put an end to that CAF Confederation Cup title drought on Friday, 20 May against RS Berkane of Morocco?

Be sure to follow The South African website to find out!

The final, which will take place on neutral ground at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria, will kick off at 21:00 (SA time).

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Orlando Pirates. Photo: Twitter @OrlandoPirates

CAF CONFEDERATION CUP WINNERS TO DATE:

2004 – Hearts of Oak (Ghana)

2005 – FAR Rabat (Morcco)

2006 – Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)

2007 – CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)

2008 – CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)

2009 – Stade Malien (Mali)

2010 – FUS Rabat (Morocco)

2011 – MAS Fez (Morocco)

2012 – AC Leopards (Congo)

2013 – CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)

2014 – Al Ahly (Egypt)

2015 – Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)

2016 – TP Mazembe (DR Congo)

2017 – TP Mazembe (DR Congo)

2018 – Raja Casablanca (Morocco)

2019 – Zamalek (Egypt)

2020 – RS Berkane (Morocco)

2021 – Raja Casablanca (Morocco)

2022 – Orlando Pirates (South Africa) or RS Berkane (Morocco)

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