Fri. May 24th, 2019

BELIEVE THE HYPE

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.