SA teams tri­umph in CAF

CityPress - - Sport - DANIEL MOTHOWA­GAE daniel.mothowa­[email protected]­

The South African flag con­tin­ues fly­ing in the CAF in­ter­club com­pe­ti­tions af­ter the coun­try’s re­main­ing three rep­re­sen­ta­tives – Mamelodi Sun­downs, Or­lando Pi­rates and Kaizer Chiefs – pro­gressed in their re­spec­tive games yes­ter­day.

Sun­downs and Pi­rates ad­vanced to the Cham­pi­ons League group stage, while Chiefs qual­i­fied for the play-off round of the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup.

The Brazil­ians saw off Ahli Beng­hazi of Libya with goals from Gastón Sirino, An­thony Laf­for, Ali Meza and an own goal at Lof­tus Vers­feld Sta­dium in Pre­to­ria.

Sun­downs won 4-0 on ag­gre­gate af­ter their first leg ended goal­less at Beng­hazi’s al­ter­na­tive home ground in Cairo, Egypt last week­end. This is the fourth time in a row that coach Pitso Mosi­mane’s side had reached the group stage of the tour­na­ment they won in 2016.

Pi­rates booked their ticket with a hard­fought vic­tory over stub­born Namib­ian side African Stars at the Sam Nu­joma Sta­dium in Wind­hoek yes­ter­day.

Justin Shonga’s strike in the 55th minute en­sured that the Buc­ca­neers scraped through 1-0 af­ter the two sides yielded a goal­less draw in the first leg of their en­counter in Soweto last Sat­ur­day.

Else­where, a Hen­drick Ek­stein’s brace and a goal from Ryan Moon – both com­ing on as se­cond-half sub­sti­tutes handed Amakhosi a 3-0 vic­tory over El­geco Plus of Mada­gas­car in their Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup re­v­erse fix­ture at Stade Mu­nic­i­pal de Ma­hamasina in Antananarivo.

Amakhosi beat the Mala­gasy min­nows 3-0 in the first leg in Port El­iz­a­beth last week­end and have now ad­vanced to the se­cond round of the se­cond-tier tour­na­ment 6-0 on ag­gre­gate.

The re­sult also marked new coach Ernst Mid­den­dorp’s third straight vic­tory since he took over the reins at the Na­turena-based club a fort­night ago.

Amakhosi will next face one of the sides that drop from the Cham­pi­ons League first round and will have the ad­van­tage of host­ing the se­cond leg.

The three South African giants will know the iden­tity of their next op­po­nents at the draw, to be con­ducted by CAF in Cairo on Fri­day.

The Cham­pi­ons League and Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup pro­gramme will re­sume in the se­cond week of Jan­uary.

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