Orlando Pirates are on the verge of the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup following a 2-0 victory over CS Sfaxien at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night. Thabo Rakhale scored yet another superb goal against Sfaxien as Menzi Masuku opened his account on the continental stage. The Buccaneers were having a great day at the office as they dominated proceedings throughout the first stanza.
A great combination between the Bucs front men saw the visitors chasing shadows and having little joy with the ball at their feet. Brighton Mhlongo was tested a few times but managed to come up tops as the Sea Robbers continued to head the one-sided affair. In the 37th minute Eric Tinkler’s men finally made their efforts count when Kermit Erasmus and Oupa Manyisa combined to set up Rakhale who superbly curled the ball past the keeper to make it 1-0.
The home side held on to its lead as the referee blew for half-time. Tinkler’s team gave away the ball cheaply at the start of the second stanza but managed to hold on to its thin lead. Mhlongo was called upon to make a great save in the 52nd minute resulting in a quick counter with Menzi Masuku at the end of it and the youngster sliced it home to make it 2-0.
Even at two goals to the good, the Ghost continued bullying their opponents and breaking their lacklustre defence. Substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro almost had an immediate impact shortly after coming on but was ruled offside in the 65th minute. A quick run of play saw the visitors winning a free kick in Pirates’ half but Mhlongo managed to gather.
The men in black continued to boss their opponents until the final whistle as they held on to win 2-0, a victory that could see them progress to the final four depending on what AC Leopards and Zamalek do on Sunday.
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