Chiefs cap week­end of mis­ery for SA

Amakhosi felled by Zesco af­ter Bucs, Downs fail

Sowetan - - Sport - By Go­molemo Motshwane

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.

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