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Pirates end their winless run thanks to a Happy Jele strike.

Just like Marumo Gallants, Soweto giants Orlando Pirates are also through to the next round of the CAF Confederation Cup after beating Diables Noirs 1-0 in the second leg of their second preliminary round tie at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday evening.

The first leg in Congo-Brazzaville had ended 0-0 as Pirates where on a run of draws struggling to get a win even on the domestic league. The captain of the club Happy Jele took matters to his own hands by putting the club into the lead in the 18th minute as he headed in from a well taken corner-kick.

But it was not all one way traffic in the first half and goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane had to be alert on a few occasions, as Diables Noirs sent a number of crosses into the box begging for something to deliver the finishing touches.

The sides went on to the half-time break with the score being 1-0 on the day and also on aggregate. There was a great chance for Blarin Maloula in the 48th minute to draw level, but he was unable to control the ball to pull the trigger which allowed goalkeeper Mpontshane to be able to rescue the ball.

The Buccaneers went close to extending their lead in the 57th minute, but a good defensive interception denied Tshegofatso Mabasa an attempt at goal, after a good cross from Fortune Makaringe was delivered. Pirates went close again in the 63rd minute, but this time Darnet Mpea made a good save to deny Deon Hotto, who had come off the bench.

While there was late pressure from the visitors as they were still in search of a leveller, the Congolese side failed to create real clear cut chances, though did have a late call for a penalty, which was waved away by the referee. It all finished 1-0 as Pirates were able to hold out for the win to advance and end their winless run.

Sources: iDiskiTimes

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