Light ‘Veg­e­tar­ian’ meal for Downs

● Vege­tar­i­ans gob­bled up 5-1 in sec­ond-leg Caf stroll at Lof­tus

The Herald (South Africa) - - Front Page - Marc Stry­dom and Nick Said

When they drew a team from Equa­to­rial-Guinea in the pre­lim­i­nary round of the Caf Cham­pi­ons League, Mamelodi Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane be­moaned that other SA teams had drawn fish­er­men.

But Sun­downs made a light meal of Leones Vege­tar­i­anos (Veg­e­tar­ian Lions), com­plet­ing a 7-1 ag­gre­gate thrash­ing with Wed­nes­day night’s 5-1 sec­ond­leg stroll at Lof­tus Vers­feld.

Jeremy Brockie in the fourth minute and Gas­ton Sirino with a penalty in the 18th put Downs 2-0 up.

Sey­dou Sall pulled one back in the 46th, but it was a lonely re­ply to Downs’ con­tin­ued on­slaught by Hlom­pho Kekana (55th), Jose Ali Meza (60th) and Lyle Lakay (86th).

By the fourth minute, Sun­downs had a lead.

Themba Zwane, on the right of the box, passed in­side to find the run of Sirino, who found Brockie free to fin­ish.

Vege­tar­i­anos de­fender Ilde- fonso As­te­rio made a cab­bage of a sit­u­a­tion in his box in the 17th to gift Sun­downs a penalty. Sirino stepped up and slot­ted low to the right of Pensy.

A lapse from Downs soon af­ter the restart al­lowed cen­tre­for­ward Sall to fin­ish past De­nis Onyango.

Sun­downs cap­tain Kekana, though, put his team straight back on the front foot, tak­ing a ball from 22 me­tres onto his less favoured left foot and strik­ing crisply past Pensy to make it 3-0, and 5-1 on ag­gre­gate.

Zwane shrugged off cen­tre­back Eric Batinga twice on the left to ad­vance and square for Meza, as Downs strolled in their fourth of the night.

An­thony Laf­for and Toni Silva fol­lowed Meza off the bench.

Sirino’s skill on the left of the area cre­ated the space for left-back Lakay to slide in the fifth.

Mean­while, striker Tham­sanqa Gabuza made a scor­ing come­back to the Or­lando Pi­rates start­ing lineup as a muchchanged se­lec­tion eased to a 31 vic­tory over Light Stars from Sey­chelles in their African Cham­pi­ons League first round‚ sec­ond leg tie on Wed­nes­day.

The vic­tory earns Pi­rates an 8-2 ag­gre­gate suc­cess in what was a gen­tle re­turn to the elite con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion af­ter an ab­sence of five years and sets up a sec­ond-round meet­ing with ei­ther African Stars of Namibia or Vol­can Club from the Co­moros‚ who are in ac­tion in Wind­hoek later on.

The first leg of that tie ended 0-0. Nei­ther of those sides should present much op­po­si­tion and Pi­rates will be heavy favourites to ad­vance to the group stages.

It was a first ap­pear­ance in a Buc­ca­neers shirt for Gabuza since he stormed off the pitch in a 2-1 vic­tory over Black Leop­ards in Au­gust‚ un­happy at the treat­ment he had re­ceived from the crowd.

He net­ted the sec­ond goal for the vis­i­tors and also had a hand in the third as his shot was fum­bled by the home goal­keeper‚ al­low­ing Abel Mabaso to net from the re­bound.

It was a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory for Pi­rates‚ who led 1-0 at the break af­ter Linda Mn­tambo had given them the lead.

Mabaso’s goal was his first for the club‚ while Mn­tambo en­sured he scored in both legs against Light Stars.

Coach Mi­cho Sre­do­je­vic made 10 changes to his side‚ with cap­tain Mpho Makola the only sur­vivor from the 0-0 league draw with Mar­itzburg United at the week­end.

With pos­si­bly both eyes on the Telkom Knock­out fi­nal against Baroka FC at the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium on Satur­day‚ Sre­do­je­vic left most of his top play­ers at home‚ with the 5-1 first leg vic­tory giv­ing him the lee­way to do so.

It meant rare starts this sea­son for Kuda Ma­hachi‚ Thabo Qalinge‚ Ab­bubaker Mo­bara and Mthokozisi Dube.

Pi­rates were win­ners of Africa’s elite club com­pe­ti­tion in 1995.

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