A brace by Thamsanqa Gabuza and one goal apiece from Kermit Erasmus and Sifiso Myeni ensured Orlando Pirates sailed through to the group stages of the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup when they defeated Guinea’s AS Kaloum 4-1 at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Although the South Africans went into the second leg having the advantage after winning by 2-0 away, the win at home means they overcame Kaloum 6-1 on aggregate.
Despite starting on a low, it was the hosts who started firing from the middle of the park when Thabo Rakhale unleashed a powerful shot, but it went over Youssouf Toure’s goalposts.
Just after 10 minutes, the visitors were too tight on Eric Tinkler’s men and that led to the Sea Robbers giving away possession easily. An error at the back by Happy Jele nearly cost them a goal, as Kabongo Kassongo’s shot went over the bar, failing to trouble Brighton Mhlongo.
In the 22ndminute, Pirates found the opener when Gabuza beat goalkeeper Toure away from his line before setting Erasmus free to score, putting the hosts ahead.
The goal by Erasmus gave the hosts a boost as they surged forward, probing for a second one and Gabuza proved to be handful for the Kaloum defence. He played on Thabo Matlaba who picked uout Rakhale, however, his rocket hit the woodwork and bounced back into play.
The Buccaneers went to the tunnel with a slender 1-0 lead and the beginning of the second half saw the visitors coming back guns blazing, as they managed to find the net in the 47th minute through Camara’s header when he beat Mhlongo.
In the 52nd minute, Gabuza responded when he connected with a cross from the right following a number of misses by Pirates in the box until the ball found the former Golden Arrows man, who finished with ease.
Six minutes later, the man from Ladysmith completed his brace when he received a brilliant pass from Matlaba and he managed to beat Toure from the near post, handing the hosts a convincing 3-1 lead.
Tinkler’s men dictated terms in the heart of midfield when skipper Oupa Manyisa showed his class, his passing was spot on as he delivered a defence-splitting pass to set Myeni free, whose pace was too hot to handle and he blasted home, making it 4-1.