The CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup preliminary rounds got underway on Wednesday, with all four South African sides, but one, registering positive results in their respective home fixtures.
CAF Champions League:
Legeones Vegetarionas 0-2 Mamelodi Sundowns
The 2016 CAF Champions League champions opened their account with an emphatic 2-0 win away to the Equatorial Guinea outfit, who won the Premier League in their native country in 2017.
Jeremie Brockie and Themba Zwane got on the scoresheet for Pitso Mosimane’s charges to take a commanding two away goals into the second leg next week.
Orlando Pirates 5-1 Light Stars
The Buccaneers rallied from a goal down to thrash Seychelles outfit Light Stars 5-1 in the first leg of their CAF Champions League preliminary round clash at Orlando Stadium.
The visitors opened the scoring as early as the 16th minute through Mario Ruvo who made light of the Pirates defence, before slotting past Jackson Mabokgwane.
Pirates hit back a few minutes later through Thabo Qalinge before Justin Mulenga and a superb free-kick from Mpho Makola saw the home side take a 3-1 lead into the halftime break.
The second stanza saw Pirates pick up from where they left, adding their fourth through another well-taken free-kick but this time from substitute Justin Shonga.
Linda Mntambo all but completed the route deep into stoppage time by adding Pirates’ fifth goal to see them take a commanding lead into the second leg to the islanders.
CAF Confederation Cup:
Free State Stars 0-0 Mukura Victory Sport
Ea Lla Koto failed to take advantage of playing at home as they were held to a disappointing goalless draw by the Rwandan outfit.
Stars, who are still without a coach after Luc Eymael left the Nedbank Cup champions, are also struggling on the domestic front and currently sit ninth on the PSL table.
Kaizer Chiefs 4-0 Zimamoto
Giovanni Solinas made seven changes coming into this tie following their Soweto Derby defeat to nemesis Orlando Pirates last week.
Star man Khama Billiat opened the scoring as early as the seventh minute through a beautifully curled free-kick from the edge of the box.
It was a rather frustrating first half as the visitors went in for tackles, looking to slow down Chiefs’ momentum and seemed they had accomplished that task with the sides heading into the break with the slender lead from the home team.
Chiefs came out guns blazing in the second period, forcing the Zanzibar outfit into their own half and added the second goal after Leonardo Castro laid off the ball for Billiat who slotted with a low shot from just outside the box.
The flood gates opened as Chiefs added their third in the 68th minute through Kabelo Mahlasela with a curled effort into the top corner after being put through on goal by Bernard Parker.
Billiat completed his hat-trick five minutes later from the penalty spot after Teenage Hadebe was tucked to the ground in the 18-yard area.