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Deon Hotto: Audacious Panenka Not Enough As Orlando Pirates Lack Composure From Penalty Spot
- Orlando Pirates failed in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League
- CAF's rule change has ended the Soweto club’s continental run
- Coach Jose Riveiro's side was undone by their South African counterpart, Morena Ramoreboli
Penalty shootout agony struck Orlando Pirates in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.
The Soweto giants were 1-0 down after the first leg against Botswana’s Jwaneng Galaxy FC, but an Evidence Makgopa strike in the second half earned Pirates a 1-1 aggregate draw after 90 minutes at the Orlando Stadium.
Penalties were needed to separate the teams, and Pirates’ Deon Hotto stepped up first. The Namibian puts his team in the lead with a classy chip that would be the last highlight for Orlando Pirates.
As the match culminated in a penalty shootout, the spotlight turned to the goalkeepers, with Phoko facing off against Richard Ofori, who had replaced Chaine specifically for the shootout.
In a gripping finale, Phoko emerged as the hero, saving Mofokeng's crucial penalty and propelling Jwaneng Galaxy into the group stage, while Orlando Pirates endured the heartbreak of elimination from the competition.
The fourth player to step up for the home side was 18-year-old Relebohile Mofokeng, who had his shot saved by Goitseone Phoko.
Erasmus' effort from the penalty sport rattled the woodwork and Makgopa squandered two golden opportunities to seal victory.
Jwaneng remained faultless, sending the hosts crashing out of the competition, FarPost reports.
Reminiscing on Zidane's 2006 panenka
Sports Brief earlier reported that there is no denying that Zinedine Zidane was one of the most sought-after midfielders of his generation. The France star took to the field with much poise and grace, winning a number of trophies in a career that lasted close to fifteen years.
His exit from the game might have been acrimonious following his infamous headbutt on Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final, but his legacy in football will be retold to future generations.
He also carried the same superiority to his managerial game, winning three consecutive Champions League titles with Real Madrid.