Orlando Pirates completed the double over eSwatini’s Royal Leopards, thrashing them 3-0 in Johannesburg on Sunday to move back top ...
Orlando Pirates completed the double over eSwatini’s Royal Leopards, thrashing them 3-0 in Johannesburg on Sunday to move back top of Group B in the TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup.
Three second half goals from Fortune Makaringe, Kabelo Dlamini and Terrence Dzvukamanja earned the Bucaneers their third win of the group as they moved top with nine points. They had beaten Leopards 6-2 when the two sides met in the first leg a fortnight ago.
Leopards meanwhile kiss their hopes of making the last eight goodbye after suffering their fourth successive defeat in the group.
The eSwatini side had come into the tie, determined to save face and pick at least a point off the tie. They played in a structured manner, but could not get the best in terms of creating goal scoring opportunities.
Pirates stepped up in the second half and just three minutes in, Makaringe struck them ahead when he noticed the Leopards keeper off his line and struck a sublime shot.
They should have made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute when a brilliant cross from Dean Hotto caught the run of Dzvukamanja inside the box, but the substitute lifted the ball over from close range.
Two minutes later though, they scored their second goal when Dlamini finished off superbly inside the box after playing a one-two with Goodman Mosele, the latter putting him through on goal with a beautiful backheel.
Dzvukamanja then made amends for his earlier miss in the 69th minute with a powerful header off a corner, to put Pirates firmly infront. The substitute should have completed his brace in the 76th minute, but his header from a Sam Bongani cross went inches wide.
But, with a three-goal cushion, Pirates were comfortable and easily saw off the game to improve their hopes of making the last eight.