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CAF Competitions Wrap Up

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Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates moved top of Group B after putting in a clinical display to thrash Guinea’s Horoya 3-0 in their second CAF Champions League match at the Orlando Stadium on Friday evening.

The Buccaneers broke the deadlock through Thembinkosi Lorch on the stroke of halftime with a clinical left-footed strike to give the hosts a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

Justin Shonga doubled Pirates’ lead with 15 minutes remaining after unleashing a first-time strike from 35-yards out.

The Zambian then grabbed his brace and Pirates’ third three minutes later with a looping strike over the visitors’ goalkeeper to complete the rout.

Mamelodi Sundowns

The 2016 CAF Champions League holders bounced back from their defeat to Lobi Stars to register their first win in Group A in the CAF Champions League.

Influential midfielder Themba Zwane scored twice for Pitso Mosimane’s side to see them secure a well-deserved 2-1 victory over Wydad Casablanca in Atteridgeville.

The home side got off to the perfect start when Zwane and Lebohang Maboe combined well, with the former latching onto the through-ball before calmly slotting past an onrushing opposition goalkeeper.

Wydad restored parity with ten minutes to go before halftime thanks to a long-range strike from Mohamed Nahiri, but Zwane completed his brace in the 64th minute with a superb volley from the edge of the box that left the Wydad shot-stopper with no chance.

Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs’ CAF Confederation Cup journey came to an end after they failed to overturn a 3-1 first leg defeat to Zambian giants Zesco United in the second leg of their play-off round tie.

Zesco took charge of the game, just as they did back in Ndola, as Anthony Akumu out-muscled Hendrick Ekstein before firing a low effort past Virgil Vries from 20-yards out.

In the 68th minute, the visitors doubled their lead when Jesse Were latched onto a rebound to send to a low curling effort past Vries.

Khama Billiat did pull a goal back in second-half stoppage time, but it it was too little too late as Zesco ran out 2-1 winners on the night and 5-2 on aggregate.

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Stuart Baxter Announces Bafana Bafana Squad For Crunch Libya Clash

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Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter announced his 24-man squad for the crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tie against Libya on March 24.

South Africa are in second place behind group leaders Nigeria and need just a point to all but secure qualification for the continental showpiece set for Egypt later this year.

Goalkeepers:

Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Bruce Bvuma

Defenders:

Thulani Hlatshwayo, Innocent Maela, Sifiso Hlanti, Daniel Cardoso, Rivaldo Coetzee, Aubrey Modiba, Buhle Mkwanazi, Thamsanqa Mkhize

Midfielders:

Bongani Zungu, Hlompho Kekana, Themba Zwane, Tiyani Mabunda, Dean Furman, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thulani Serero, Thembinkosi Lorch

Strikers:

Percy Tau, Lars Veldwijk, Lebogang Mothiba, Lebogang Maboe, Keagan Dolly

Baxter’s charges will leave for Tunisia on Saturday, 16 March, in order to acclimatise to the conditions before the crunch tie.

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Amajita Handed Tough U20 FIFA World Cup Draw

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The national U20 side, Amajita, have been handed a daunting task of overcoming European and Asian heavyweights following the U20 FIFA World Cup draw on Sunday night.

Thabo Senong’s side has been pitted against Portugal, Korea Republic and Argentina in Group F at the FIFA World Cup in Poland.

Amajita sealed their second successive spot at this year’s junior global showpiece after finished third at the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger.

The last time Amajita played at the World Cup was in 2017 but they were knocked out in the first round and will be hoping to reach the knockout phase this time.

Other nations that will be representing Africa are Senegal, who are in Group A alongside hosts Poland, Colombia and Tahiti.

Nigeria are in Group D with Qatar, USA and Ukraine, while U20 AFCON winners Mali will take on Panama, France and Saudi Arabia in Group E.

The tournament will be held between 23 May and 15 June.

Amajita’s Group F schedule:

Argentina v South Africa – 25 May

South Africa v Korea – 28 May

South Africa v Portugal – 31 May

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South African Players Based Abroad

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After a difficult few past weeks for SA’s foreign contingency, it was business as usual once again.

Percy Tau

Tau was in sublime form for Union Saint-Gilloise as he grabbed a brace in his side’s 5-0 thumping of Mechelen in the Belgian second division.

The Bafana Bafana speedster has now taken his tally to six league goals in the campaign, and 10 in all competitions.

Kamohelo Mokotjo

Mokotjo scored his first league goal at home as Brentford FC rallied from a goal down to thump Hull City 5-1 in the English Championship.

The Bafana midfield man has now scored three goals for the Bees this season.

Ayanda Patosi

Patosi continued is impressive start to life in Iran following his big-money move from Cape Town City.

The former City man scored his second goal in two matches as Esteghal cruised past Zob Han with a 3-0 win on Sunday.

Lars Veldwijk

Veldwijk played 78 minutes and picked up an assist as Sparta Rotterdam thumped Go Ahead Eagles 6-1 in the Dutch Second Tier.

Lebogang Phiri

Phiri’s Guingamp returned to wnning ways after claiming a hard-fought 1-0 win over Angers in the French Ligue 1 to keep their survival hopes alive.

Lebogang Mothiba

Mothiba saw little game time, coming on in the final 30 minutes as RC Strasbourg registered a 1-1 draw with second-placed Lille in French Ligue 1.

Kgaogelo Sekgota

Sekgota featured for Vitoria Setubal in the first half as they played to a 1-1 draw with Vitória Guimarães.

Lyle Foster

Despite ending on the losing side, Foster continued his impressive form for AS Monaco reserves, scoring his second goal in as many matches in their 3-2 defeat to Annecy.

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