Happy Jele was the hero as Orlando Pirates secured a 1-0 win over Congolese giants AC Leopards in their CAF Confederations Cup Group B opener at the Denis Sassou Nguesso Stadium in Dolisie on Saturday.
The Buccaneers defender pounced on poor defending to net the only goal of the game just short of the hour mark.
As expected, Leopards started the game on the front foot with Jean-Patrick Abouna forcing Brighton Mhlongo into an early save, the Pirates number one doing well to guide the fullback's free-kick from the edge of the area, away from danger.
Pirates best chance of the half would fall to Lennox Bacela four minutes later - the lanky striker beat his marker, but his resulting effort was straight at the Leopards gloves man.
Mhlongo did well to send a powerful effort over his crossbar on the cusp of half-time as the two teams headed for the tunnel at the break having failed to hit the back of the net in the opening 45 minutes.
Pirates were rewarded for a more attacking approach in the 59th minute as Jele capatilized on a woeful clearance to silence the home supports.
The Beasts from Niari pushed for the equaliser with Tychique Kalema going closest to rescuing a point for the hosts in stoppage time - his shot deflected wide of goal by Issa Sarr.
Next up for Leopards is a trip to three time champions CS Sfaxien. Pirates welcome Egyptian side Zamalek on July 11.