Pirates thump Ahly Benghazi, Sfaxien Etoile share spoils in Tunisian derby 

Kabelo Dlamini of Orlando Pirates celebrates goal during the 2021 CAF Confederation Cup match between Orlando Pirates and Ahly Benghazi on the 11 April 2021 at Orlando Stadium, Soweto  Pic Sydney MahlanguBackpage

South African side Orlando Pirates dominated Libyan outfit Al Ahly Banghazi, winning by a 3-0 scoreline on Sunday to move to eight points in Group A of the Total CAF Confederation Cup.

Goals from defender Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Tshegofatso Mabaso and Kabelo Dlamini gave the Sea Robbers a healthy win to remain on course for a place in the last eight.

Nyausa opened the scoring in the 26th minute when Benghazi failed to clear away corner and the defender managed to swing in a boot that took the ball over the line despite a late effort to stop it by a defender.

The Libyan side were once again exposed for their poor defense of set pieces when Pirates added the second in similar fashion. Four minutes from the break, Mabaso flicked in a header that bounced off Gabadinho Mhango after racing to a Dean Hotto corner.

Pirates were the more dominant side and they ensured they sealed the three points at home in the second half when Dlamini scored in the 69th minute.

Mohamed Ben Ali of CS Sfaxien challenged by Mortadha Ben Ouanes of Etoile du Sahel during the 2021 CAF Confederation Cup match between CS Sfaxien and Etoile du Sahel on the 11 April 2021 at Stade Taieb Mhiri Stad

Meanwhile, in a Group C match, home side Sfaxien came from two goals down, equalizing with a 93rd minute penalty to force out a 2-2 draw with fellow Tunisian side Etoile.

Etoile had raced to a 2-0 lead with Ayman Sfaxi breaking the deadlock after 10 minutes. The visitors were in flowing form and they were 2-0 up after 31 minutes, Sfaxi turning from scorer to provide after laying up Wanda Kechrida for the second.

But, the home side would come alive in the second half and turn the tide on Etoile. They halved the deficit in the 69th minute off an Azmi Ghouma goal and after scoring, the belief was finally there.

They kept the pressure but had to wait till the third minute of added time to get a point off that match with Firas Chouat beating the keeper from 12 yards out.