Pirates out of CAF Champions League after Green Eagles draw

By Michael Schmitt - 24 August 2019Views : 2931


Orlando Pirates are out of the CAF Champions League after a 1-1 draw with Green Eagles in the second leg of their preliminary round tie.

With the Zambian outfit having won the reverse fixture 1-0 a fortnight ago in Lusaka, a draw was enough to see through to the next round.

Pirates would have been disappointed to go into half-time still locked at 0-0, as they had numerous opportunities to take the lead in the opening stanza.

Gabadinho Mhango fired the first shot in anger in the 13th minute, but goalkeeper Sebastian Mwange was equal to the task.

Mhango had another chance to erase Pirates' first-leg deficit on the half-hour mark after finding himself unmarked at the far post, but once again Mwange was on hand to save the day.

Vincent Pule probably came closest to breaking the deadlock six minutes before the break after forcing another quality save out of Mwange with a clever flick, and the Eagles stopper also managed to snuff out the follow-up effort from Justin Shonga.

Zambia's Green Eagles had offered little to nothing on attack in the first half, and so would have been delighted to go into the break still ahead on the aggregate score.

Pirates continued to threaten after the break, and came close again on the hour mark when Kabelo Dlamini hit the upright with a booming strike.

Moments later, the opening goal did arrive as Happy Jele scored with a well-taken header from a Thembinkosi Lorch corner, but unfortunately for Pirates fans, their joy was short-lived.

Immediately after the restart, Green Eagles levelled matters at the other end of the pitch through Amit Shamenda, who found himself with time and space to drill a low shot into the bottom corner.

That left the Buccaneers needing to score twice to progress, and while Lorch did manage to rattle the near post with a powerful strike in the final 10 minutes, they weren't able to find the goals they needed, as Green Eagles hung on for the aggregate win.