Chiefs cap weekend of misery for SA
Amakhosi felled by Zesco after Bucs, Downs fail
Kaizer Chiefs completed a bleak weekend for SA teams in continental club competitions when they suffered a 1-3 loss at Zesco United in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup eliminator.
A brace from Jesse Were and a goal by Lazarous Kambole ensured Chiefs returned from Ndola with a huge task ahead in this weekend’s second leg at FNB Stadium, where the Zambians need to lose by fewer than two goals to progress to the group phase of the continent’s second tier competition.
Khama Billiat scored Chiefs’ consolation goal in front of a good crowd at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, where Zesco also beat Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2016 CAF Champions League semifinal. But Sundowns were able to reverse the result in the second leg to progress to the final. Chiefs will require similar resolve when they clash with Zesco this weekend. Amakhosi’s loss capped a disappointing weekend for SA teams after Orlando Pirates failed to beat Zimbabwean side FC Platinum on Saturday, while Sundowns suffered a loss at Nigerian side Lobi Stars in their Group A clash. Anthony Laffor gave the Brazilians the lead in the 37th minute but the opposition fought back through a penalty from Yaya Kone in the 45th minute and a Samuel Martins scored in the 52nd minute. The Buccaneers, on the other hand, were held to a goalless draw by Platinum in Group B. Pirates have made a return to the group phase of the tournament for the first time in five seasons.
Their current coach, Milutin Sredojevic, will be looking to do one better than what he did in his first Pirates stint in 2006 when he led the club all the way to the semifinals of the Champions League. Pirates will next face Guinean side Horoya AC at the Orlando Stadium on Friday (6pm) while Sundowns take on Wydad Casablanca from Morocco at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday (9pm).
The defending Absa Premiership champions, though, have to deal with Maritzburg United first at Loftus on Wednesday. Chiefs, meanwhile, take on AmaZulu on the same day.