Lubumbashi - Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa saved two penalties on Sunday as 10-man Orlando
Pirates held on to qualify for the CAF Champions League group phase.
The Buccaneers lost 1-0 away to TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of
Congo in a clash of former title-holders, but squeezed into the last eight 3-2
Also through are Zamalek of Egypt, AC Leopards of Congo, Sewe San Pedro of
Ivory Coast, Esperance of Tunisia, Recreativo Libolo of Angola and Coton Sport
VIDEO: TP Mazembe v Orlando Pirates - highlights
Defending champions Al-Ahly of Egypt or CA Bizertin of Tunisia, who clash
later on Sunday in Cairo behind closed doors for security reasons, will
complete the line-up for the six-round mini-league stage.
Meyiwa, who forced his way into Pirates' starting line-up last season after
many years as an understudy, stopped spot kicks from Eric Bokanga on 50 minutes
and Tresor Mputu two minutes from time.
But he was helpless to prevent Jean Kasusula scoring after 72 minutes to set
up a tense climax in the southern Congolese mining city Lubumbashi as Pirates
repulsed continuous attacks.
The only South African winners of the premier CAF club competition were
reduced to 10 men late in the opening half when veteran centre-back Lucky
Lekgwathi received a harsh straight red card.
Overall success was a massive relief for coach and former South Africa
goalkeeper Roger de Sa, who has come under fire from supporters after woeful
domestic league form.
Pirates flew to DR Congo having won just one of their last nine PSL matches
and they trail leaders and arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs by seven points with three
matches to play.
Zamalek, whose five Champions League titles is the second best record behind
the seven of Cairo neighbours Ahly, snatched a late 2-2 draw at Saint George of
Ethiopia to advance on the away-goals rule after a 1-1 stalemate in Cairo.
Burkina Faso-born striker Abdoulaye Cisse was the two-goal star for the
White Knights, opening the scoring after two minutes and levelling with a
header two minutes from time.
Shimeles Bekele equalised 15 minutes into the opening half at a packed 30 000-capacity
national stadium in Addis Ababa and Isaac Isinde edged the Saints in front just
Last-16 losers Saint George, Mazembe, JSM Bejaia and Entente Setif of
Algeria, Stade Malien of Mali, FUS Rabat of Morocco and Enugu Rangers of
Nigeria drop to the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup.
CAF Champions League last-16, second-leg results this weekend:
Saint George (ETH) 2 (Bekele 15, Isinde 45) Zamalek (EGY) 2 (Cisse 2, 88)
Zamalek win on away goals after 3-3 aggregate tie
TP Mazembe (COD) 1 (Kasusula 72) Orlando Pirates (RSA) 0
Pirates win 3-2
Recreativo Libolo (ANG) 3 (Camara 16, Cardoso 32, 74-pen) Enugu Rangers (NGR) 1 (Mba 56)
Libolo win 3-1
Esperance (TUN) 1 (Chammam 77-pen) JSM Bejaia (ALG) 0
Esperance win 1-0
Sewe San Pedro (CIV) 0 FUS Rabat (MAR) 0
Sewe win on away goals after 1-1 tie
Stade Malien (MLI) 0 Coton Sport (CMR) 0
Coton win 3-0
Entente Setif (ALG) 3 (Djahnit 21, Delhoum 39, 90+2) AC Leopards (CGO) 1 (Bhebey-Ndey 14)
Leopards win 5-4 on penalties after 4-4 tie
Al-Ahly (EGY, holders) 2 (Barakat 47-pen, Moteab 62) CA Bizertin (TUN) 1 (Hadhria 65-pen)
Ahly win 2-1 on aggregateNote: winners qualify for group phase and losers drop to CAF Confederation Cup