Fri. May 24th, 2019

BELIEVE THE HYPE

South Africa’s big three were involved in respective CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup matches this past weekend, with all three teams failing to register wins away from home.

Mamelodi Sundowns:

Former CAF Champions League winners Mamelodi Sundowns began their champions league group stage campaign with a 2-1 away defeat to Nigeria’s Lobi Stars on Friday evening.

The Brazilians were first to open the scoring, seven minutes before the break through Anthony Laffor after he was beautifully set up by Gaston Sirino.

Sundowns’ lead was however short-lived as Lobi Stars equalized from the penalty spot before the break through Yaya Kone after he was brought down by Ricardo Nascimento.

The Ortom Boys came out guns blazing in the second stanza and went ahead seven minutes later via Mathias Martins.

The home side thwarted Sundowns’ chances of getting back into the game to hold on for a memorable win.

Orlando Pirates:

The Buccaneers made the short trip to face Zimbabwean outfit FC Platinum at Barbourfields Stadium in their opening Group B encounter on Saturday afternoon.

Both sides unfortunately failed to create enough chances to cancel each other out and settled for a share the spoils.

Kaizer Chiefs:

In the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup play-off tie, Amakhosi suffered a heavy 3-1 defeat to Zambian side Zesco United at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Sunday afternoon.

Lazarous Kambole opened the scoring for the hosts earlier on in the first half after being put through by Rahim Ousumanu.

They did not wait for long to double their lead after Teenage Hadebe brought down Jesse Were inside the penalty area in the 30th minute.

Khama Billiat pulled one back to give the visitors some hope but Were restored the two-goal cushion for Zegalacticos seven minutes into the second stanza to see them run out victors.

Chiefs will now have it all to do if they are to progress to the group stages of the CAF Confed Cup in the return leg on Saturday, 19 January.