Cape Town – Orlando Pirates find themselves in the driving seat after securing a crucial away victory over A.S Kaloum in their CAF Confederations Cup tie.
The Buccaneers have one foot in the Group Stages of the 2015 CAF Confederations Cup following their impressive 2-0 first leg victory over AS Kalouma on Friday.
According to the Orlando Pirates website, goals by Thamsanqa Gabuza and Oupa Manyisa gave the Soweto Giants a huge advantage when the teams meet for the second leg in South Africa next month.
Moroccan side, Raja Athletic Club, CS Sfaxien of Tunisia and Mali’s Stade Malien took giant steps towards the mini-league stage of the 2015 Orange CAF Confederation Cup following victories in the first leg matches of the 1/8th round playoff on Saturday.
The fact is that each side won by an identical scoreline, 2-0, sending their guests packing out empty.
Three-time African champions, Raja had first half goals from Abdelkabir El Ouadi and Nigeria-import Christian Osaguona enough to secure victory over Tunisian side, Etoile du Sahel at the Mohamed V Complex in Casablanca.
El Ouadi scored the opener on 23 minutes before Osaguona doubled the lead just before the break. The visitors were unlucky in their search for a consolation with forward Youssef Mouihibi failing to convert a penalty on 74 minutes.
Elsewhere, Sfaxien, the most successful club in the history of the second-tier continental club championship with three titles, eased their way past Ivorian giants, ASEC Mimosas in Sfax. Captain Ali Maaloul and Yassine Khenissi were on target in each half as the homers cruised to victory.
In Bamako, Stade Malien proved too strong for AS Vita of DR Congo with a first leg cushioning. Moctar Mohamed Cisse broke the deadlock after five minutes before Ismael Kone signed off the win with a strike on 68 minutes.
The second leg matches will take place on the weekend of 5-7 June 2015.
All teams including those for Group A have played their first leg matches.
First leg results:
Al Ahly 2-1 Club Africain
Raja Casablanca 2-0 Etoile Sahel
Stade Malien 2-0 AS Vita Club
Esperance 4-0 Hearts of Oak
AS Kaloum 0-2 Orlando Pirates
Sanga Balende 1-0 Zamalek
AC Leopards 3-0 Warri Wolves
CS Sfaxien 2-0 Asec Mimosa
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