Orlando Pirates 3-0 Horoya AC: Bucs thrash Guinean champions to secure first Group B win
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Thembinkosi Lorch and Justin Shonga (brace) both netted as the Buccaneers humbled the Guinean champions

Orlando Pirates thrashed Horoya AC 3-0 in the Caf Champions League Group B match which was played on Friday.

The Buccaneers were targeting nothing but a victory having kicked off their group stage campaign with a 0-0 draw against Zimbabwean giants FC Platinum in Bulawayo last weekend.

Forward Augustine Mulenga replaced defender-come-midfielder Marshall Munetsi in the Bucs starting line-up as Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic made one change to the team that faced Platinum.

On the other hand, HAC were hoping to secure their first win in Group B having played to a 1-1 draw against Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis at home in Conakry.

Sredojevic's counterpart, Patrice Neveu named a strong starting line-up which included dangerous Ghanaian attacker Ocansey Mandela Amamoo, who had netted against Esperance.

The visitors, who were undefeated in South Africa, looked lively in the opening stages of the game and they threatened through Mandela, whose curling effort missed the target.

Horoya had drawn with Bucs' PSL rivals SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns away in Caf Confederation Cup, and Caf Champions League matches respectively in the last two years.

Pirates grew in confidence as the match progressed with Xola Mlambo pulling the strings in the middle of the park as the hosts looked to open the scoring.

The visitors were then forced to make two changes as Mohamed Fofana and Boniface Haba went down injured, and they were replaced by Boubacar Samassekou and Daouda Camara respectively.

The hosts piled pressure on the away side and they managed to open the scoring in first half stoppage time when Mlambo set-up Lorch, who then beat two defenders before netting to make it 1-0 to Pirates.

Pirates were deservedly leading 1-0 at the interval.

The hosts pushed for their second goal after the restart with Micho having introduced Vincent Pule, who also came on as a substitute against Platium last weekend.

HAC struggled to cope with Justin Shonga's clever runs in the visitors' half and the Zambian striker managed to double Bucs' lead following a defensive mistake.

The 22-year-old marksman was sent through on goal by second-half substitute Linda Mntambo and he fired past Kante to make it 2-0 to Pirates much to the delight of the home crowd with 17 minutes left.

The momentum was with the 1995 Champions League winners and they extended their lead in the 76th minute when Shonga profited from another Horoya mistake and he scored to make it 3-0.

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The goal did not come as a surprise as Bucs had scored 20.0% of their goals in the final 15 minutes of their Champions League matches.

Pirates were able to contain Horoya in the latter stages of the game and ultimately, they emerged 3-0 winners at home.

The victory took the Buccaneers to the top of the Group B standings, while HAC slipped down to fourth place.
 

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