Orlando Pirates showcased their prowess as they breezed into the second round of the CAF Champions League’s group stage qualifiers. Their commanding performance saw them secure a resounding 3-0 victory over Djabal Club d’Iconi on Friday night, sealing an impressive 4-0 aggregate win.
Lepasa Shines Bright
Zakhele Lepasa, who had previously netted a decisive goal as a substitute, was given a well-deserved start in this encounter. Lepasa seized the opportunity, scoring twice to propel Orlando Pirates towards a convincing victory.
His first goal came 25 minutes into the match, setting the tone for the proceedings. Undeterred, he found the back of the net again on the 63rd minute, further solidifying his impact.
The initial stages of the match were characterized by balanced exchanges, with both sides searching for openings.
Orlando Pirates gradually asserted their dominance, with Lepasa emerging as a key figure in their attacking strategy. With precision, he headed home the opening goal, granting his team a lead they were determined to protect.
While Djabal Club d’Iconi responded with determination, Orlando Pirates’ defense remained steadfast.
Lepasa continued to pose a threat up front, ensuring the home side’s control over the proceedings.
As the match progressed, Pirates maintained their competitiveness, with Patrick Maswanganyi adding to the scoreline with a superb long-range effort on the 58th minute.
The outcome was virtually assured, as Lepasa completed his brace with a composed finish past the away team’s goalkeeper. His calmly executed shot found its mark, sealing a convincing triumph for Orlando Pirates.
Despite late chances to extend their lead, including a close header from substitute Deon Hotto, the scoreline remained 3-0 in favor of the home side.
Next Challenge Awaits
Orlando Pirates now advance to the next round, where they will face either Jwaneng Galaxy or Vipers. With their momentum from this victory, they aim to secure a spot in the group stage.
Drawing inspiration from this performance, Orlando Pirates are determined to surpass their achievements from the memorable year of 2013.