18 July, 2018
Orlando Pirates completed the Zambian tour on Wednesday with matches against Forest Rangers and Gomes FC, bringing a winning end to the brief courtship with the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
It wasn’t long before the opening chance of the Rangers match fell to Thamsanqa Gabuza, whose brilliantly timed run beat the offside trap and left the striker unmarked to execute the finish.
Midway through the second half, the visitors turned on the style as they dominated possession with a seamlessly fluid passing game. The ball rotation and excellent running on-and-off the ball led to Zakhele Lepasa’s clinical finish to put the game to bed as the Soweto Giants saw out a comfortable 2-0 win.
In the second match, which lasted only 45 minutes, first division side Gomes FC was put to the sword as Bucs continued to dominate proceedings.
Lepasa was on the scoresheet once again, enjoying his introduction to the senior side after impressing in the conquering of the SAB League and Playoffs, and maintaining that form going into the Project X tour of Brazil.
Diamond Thopola and Augustine
Lineup vs. Forest Rangers:
Jackson Mabokgwane (GK), Ntsikelelo
Lineup vs. Gomes FC:
Siyabonga Mpontshane (GK), Ntsikelelo Ny