Orlando Pirates' 2015 Caf Confederation Cup final starting XI: Where are they now?

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Orlando Pirates team, 2015
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The Buccaneers are set to take on Morocco's RS Berkane in this year's final in Uyo, Nigeria on Friday.

This will be Pirates' second appearance in the final of Africa's secondary club tournament having faced Etoile du Sahel in the 2015 two-legged tie.

The two teams drew 1-1 in Soweto, Johannesburg in the first leg clash with Bucs conceding late, before Etoile won 1-0 in the return leg match in Sousse, Tunisia. 

It was the Tunisian giants who were crowned champions after winning the tie 2-1 on aggregate. 

Here, GOAL takes a look at what happened to each of the players who started the matches. 

  1. Felipe Ovono
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    Felipe Ovono

    The Equatorial Guinea international was in goal in both matches in what was his second season with the Buccaneers and he left the club in May 2017.

    Ovono then had spells with his former club Sony Ela Nguema in Equatorial Guinea and Ethiopian club Mekelle 70 Enderta. He is currently with Equatoguinean side Futuro Kings.

  2. Thabo Matlaba
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    Thabo Matlaba

    The former Pirates captain was among the best right-backs on the continent at the time and he started both matches.

    The man nicknamed Festival ended his seven-year stay at Bucs in 2019 when he moved to Black Leopards, before joining Swallows FC a year later. He is now with Royal AM. 

  3. Ayanda Gcaba '
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    Ayanda Gcaba '

    A tall defender, who can operate as a centre back and full-back, Gcaba was deployed as a left-back for both matches.

    The former Bafana Bafana international initially left Bucs on loan for Platinum Stars in 2018. He has since played for Royal AM and Jomo Cosmos in the NFD. He was recently signed by ABC Motsepe side Sinenkani. 

  4. Happy Jele
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    Happy Jele

    The loyal defender is the longest-serving Pirates player in the PSL era and he is still with the Houghton-based giants.

    Jele has played over 400 competitive matches for the Soweto giants and he is the most capped player in the club’s history.

  5. Siyabonga Sangweni
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    Siyabonga Sangweni

    Another player who started both matches and in his prime, he was arguably the best South African central defender.

    Sadly Sangweni was forced to retire from professional football in 2016 after a knee injury, aged 34 at the time.

  6. Lehlogonolo Masalesa
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    Lehlogonolo Masalesa

    The lanky player was handed starting roles as then-Pirates' first choice midfielder Oupa Manyisa was absent due to a long-term injury.

    Malesela left Bucs at the end of the same season (2015-16) - joining Greek club Larissa. He has since turned out for Black Leopards, Chippa United and he is currently a free agent.

  7. Thandani Ntshumayelo
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    Thandani Ntshumayelo

    The diminutive midfielder started the first-leg encounter, but he missed the match in Tunisia due to a one-match suspension. Ntshumayelo was released by Pirates in January 2016.

    This was after he was banned for four years having been found guilty of using cocaine. However, after a part of his sentence was commuted, he joined Baroka in March 2019. He is currently with Swallows.

  8. Mpho Makola
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    Mpho Makola

    The man nicknamed Bibo was Bucs' free-kick specialist at the time - starting both matches under coach Eric Tinkler.

    Bibo spent seven years with the Buccaneers before leaving the club for Cape Town City in 2019 and he remains a key player for the Mother City side having reunited with Tinkler. 

  9. Thabo Rakhale
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    Thabo Rakhale

    The skillful winger was playing some of his best football at the time and he was a regular for Bucs - scoring four goals in the Confederation Cup during that campaign. 

    Jomo as Rakhale was affectionately known moved to Chippa United in January 2018. Jomo is currently a free agent having turned out for Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Sekhukhune United after leaving Chippa.

  10. Gift Motupa
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    Gift Motupa

    The midfielder-come-striker is best remembered for missing a glorious chance after being recalled to the starting line-up in Tunisia as Tinkler made one change to the team which started in Soweto.

    Motupa left the Buccaneers for Baroka in 2017 and he went on to turn out for Chippa United and Bidvest Wits. He is currently on the books of Mamelodi Sundowns.

  11. Thamsanqa Gabuza
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    Thamsanqa Gabuza

    The lanky marksman, who was the 2015 Confederation Cup joint top scorer, opened the scoring in the first-leg clash, but he was neutralised by Etoile's defence in North Africa.

    Gabuza ended his six-year spell with the Buccaneers when he joined SuperSport United in June 2019 and he is still with the Tshwane giants.

  12. Kermit Erasmus
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    Kermit Erasmus

    Just like Gabuza, the experienced striker came into the final in good form having netted five goals in the tournament, but he was kept silent by Etoile's defence in both matches.

    Erasmus moved to French side Rennes in January 2016. He then became a nomadic player as he turned out for French side RC Lens, AFC Eskilstuna of Sweden and Portuguese club Vitoria Setubal.

    Cape Town City brought him back to South Africa in January 2019 and he is now with Sundowns.