Tuesday, 22 December 2020 18:39

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Photo Credit: Orlando Pirates.

Orlando Pirates began their 2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup campaign first round with a 1-0 win against Angola's Sagrada Esperanca at the Coqueiros Municipal Stadium.

After the disappointment of preliminary round elimination from last season's CAF Champions League at the hands of Zambian side Green Eagles, Pirates are back in Africa.

It was also the first time ever Pirates and Sagrada Esperanca face each other.

Wayne Sandilands and Bongani Sam made their first starts of the season while Gabadinho Mhango and Terrence Dzvukamanja joined Thembinkosi Lorch in the attack.

After a scoreless first half, the Buccaneers finally broke the deadlock and earned a crucial away-goal as Lorch broke the deadlock in the 75th minute at the Estadio dos Coqueiros.

Pirates will return to action on January 2 against the current log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, before hosting the return leg of their first round Confederation Cup tie against Esperanca a few days later.

Pirates: Sandilands, Jooste, Nyauza, Sam, Mako, Ndlovu, Makaringe, Mntambo, Lorch, Mhango, Dzvukamanja.

Subs: Mpontshane, Sesane, Monyane, Motshwari, Hotto, Muwowo, Mundele.