Sunday, 21 February 2021 23:23

Staff Reporter.

Orlando Pirates secured their place in the CAF Confederation Cup Group Stage after Linda Mntambo’s 55th-minute goal earned them a 1-0 win over Jwaneng Galaxy at the Orlando Stadium.

The result meant Pirates won the tie 4-0 on aggregate after having dominated their opponents in the first leg which was held at the Botswana National Stadium earlier this month.

The visitors gave their South African opponents a run for their money in this game. They had plenty of possession in the early stages of the game and even managed to get successive free-kicks in the opening six minutes, though Pirates did well to hold their lines.

Pirates regained composure following the mini scare and nearly went to halftime in front through a close-range strike by Mntambo, but the latter slammed over the target.

Galaxy’s stubbornness finally fell apart ten minutes in the second stanza when Mntambo picked up a ball inside the area to apply a composed finish past goalkeeper Ezekiel Morake.

Pirates coach Josef Zinnbaeuer made a double substitution towards fulltime, as Thabang Monare made way for Nkanyiso Zungu before Thabiso Sesane entered for Thulani Hlatshwayo.

Nevertheless, it was all Pirates in the closing stages with Zungu closing in from a free-kick and Bongani Sam a cross-cum shot from the left, as the Soweto giants secured their name in the hat for Monday's group stage draw.