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SUN 26 JULY 2015, 21:30, STADE TAIEB MHIRI

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Pirates win in Sfax

by Staff Reporter

Sun July 26, 23:43

South Africa’s Orlando Pirates returned to winning form in the CAF Confederation Cup with a 1-0 victory over Tunisian side CS Sfaxien at Taieb Mhiri Stadium in the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday night.

The result sees the Buccaneers strengthen their grip on second place in Group B of the continental competition, three points adrift of leaders Zamalek, who won their third successive match earlier in the day by overcoming AC Leopards.

Pirates created the first clear scoring chance in the 13th minute, sending Lehlohonolo Majoro clean through on goal, but Sfaxien goalkeeper Jeridi Rami was able to deflect the striker’s shot wide of the target.

Sfaxien dominated most of the remainder of the first half, though they were unable to really test Bucs goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo. However, the hosts’ passing, movement and pace, as well as their threat from set pieces, made them look the likelier scorers.

Yet Bucs were unlucky not to be given a penalty in the 38th minute, as Sifiso Myeni was cut down with the goal at his mercy from Majoro’s square pass. Sfaxien defender Saidani Wajdni was the guilty party, but the referee waved away Pirates’ appeals.

At the very least the visitors should have been granted a penalty, while the denial of a clear scoring chance from Wajdni should have seen him sent off. In the end, neither event occurred and the half ended goalless.

The second half had barely started when Pirates stunned the home crowd with the opening goal. Winger Thabo Rakhale found himself free down the right and threatened a cross for a teammate, before suddenly chipping the advancing goalkeeper with a brilliant effort that looped just inside the far post.

Sfaxien struggled to create clear scoring chances, though the visitors did need Mhlongo to make two good saves in quick succession with about 10 minutes of regulation time to play, while at the other end Rami denied substitute Kermit Erasmus from a chance that should have killed off the game.

Pirates were able to hold out in the dying minutes and secure three points, while Sfaxien’s defeat leaves them with just one point from three matches. The return fixture between the teams will be held at Orlando Stadium in Soweto in a fortnight’s time.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
CS SFAXIEN ORLANDO PIRATES
1
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
28
Goalkeeper
40
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
33
Defender
6
Defender
2
Defender
26
Defender
4
25
Defender
14
Defender
3
Defender
36
Defender
5
Defender
28
Defender
8
21
Defender
21
Defender
8
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
32
Midfielder
30
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
24
Midfielder
18
12
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
37
Forward/Striker
29
Midfielder
5
Forward/Striker
17
Midfielder
20
Forward/Striker
11
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
42
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
7
6
Midfielder
23
Forward/Striker
38
Forward/Striker
95
Forward/Striker
45
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
41
Forward/Striker
31
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