The Witness - - RACING -

THE “Big Three” of South African foot­ball will have in­ter­est­ing as­sign­ments in the next round of the Caf club com­pe­ti­tion.

Mamelodi Sun­downs booked their spot in the first round of the Caf Cham­pi­ons League with a 7-1 ag­gre­gate vic­tory over Leones Vege­tar­i­anos as they edged closer to the group stages of the com­pe­ti­tion on Wed­nes­day.

Pitso Mosi­mane’s men will face Al Ahly Beng­hazi of Libya in the first round of the tour­na­ment. Beng­hazi beat Nouad­hi­bou 3-2 on ag­gre­gate.

Sun­downs will play away from home in the first leg.

Or­lando Pi­rates also cruised into the next round of the Cham­pi­ons League with a 8-2 ag­gre­gate win over Light Stars from Sey­chelles.

The Buc­ca­neers, who are back in con­ti­nen­tal club foot­ball for the first time since 2015, will face Namib­ian club African Stars, who beat Vol­can Club 2-1 on ag­gre­gate, as the 1995 cham­pi­ons look to book them­selves a spot in the round-robin phase. Pi­rates will host the first leg. De­spite los­ing 2-1 in their Caf Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup sec­ond leg pre­lim­i­nary tie against Zi­mamoto in Zanz­ibar, Pi­rates’ Soweto ri­vals Kaizer Chiefs pro­gressed to the next round with a 5-2 ag­gre­gate win.

Amakhosi will take on ASSM El­geco Plus in the next round and they will host the first leg. El­geco beat De­portivo Unidad 4-3 on ag­gre­gate to progress.

Mean­while, Free State Stars have been knocked out of the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup fol­low­ing their 1-0 ag­gre­gate de­feat to Rwan­dan side Mukura Vic­tory Sports.

The first leg matches will be played be­tween De­cem­ber 14 and 16. — Kick­Off.

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