Pirates ease to Champions League win


Orlando Pirates cruised to a 5-1 CAF Champions League preliminary round victory over Light Stars FC at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.



Mario Ravo opened the scoring for the Seychelles side in the 17th minute but Thabo Qalinge levelled with 25th minutes played.

Augustine Mulenga then gave the Bucs the lead for the first time on 37 minutes while Mpho Makola provided a two-goal cushion five minutes before half-time.

Caio Marcelo was first with a chance in the second minute with a header that was kept out by goalkeeper Romeo Barra.

Qalinge was then denied by Barra before Ravo broke the deadlock as he smashed past Pirates goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

But Qalinge was unable to miss when the ball dropped to him on the rebound fro Kudakwashe Mahachi’s initial strike.

Mulenga curled a shot onto the Stars crossbar before giving his side the lead with a superb finish.

Makola added a third with an excellent free-kick while Mahachi had a goal ruled out through offsides, with Bucs dominating play.

Linda Mntambo was next to go close at the start of the second half before volleying over the crossbar from close range moments later.

Second half substitute Justin Shonga added a fourth shortly after his introduction with an excellent curling effort while Mntambo finally got on target in the dying minutes of this one-sided tie.