Orlando Pirates defender Rooi Mahamutsa reveals the team felt like they were representing the entire country in their CAF Confederation Cup win on Sunday.
The Buccaneers beat Egyptian giants Al-Ahly 4-3 in Egypt to advance to the final of the competition 5-3 on aggregate across the two-leg encounter.
The Sea Robbers will meet Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel, who beat another Egyptian club Zamalek, in the final.
“Tonight was all about pride,” Mahamutsa told the club’s website. “It wasn’t an easy match by any means. They made it very difficult for us to get comfortable, however we showed enough character in the second half and bounced back.
“It is hard to explain the process we went through but it’s as if we all were in tune with what we had to do.
“After all, this match was more than just a match for us as players or the club; it was for the millions of supporters back home who have supported us through and through; it was also about the pride of the nation.
“As the only Southern African team in the competition, we knew we had the responsibility to represent our country the way it should be represented,” he concluded.