Stars crash out of Champions League

23 Dec 2018 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 23 DEC (NAMPA) – African Stars Football Club crashed out of the 2018/19 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League following a 1-0 second leg loss to Orlando Pirates at the Sam Nujoma Stadium on Saturday.
Stars held Pirates to a goalless draw in South Africa two weeks ago, but on Saturday fell to a Justin Shonga goal in the 55th minute.
Pirates started the game on the front foot, pinning Stars into their own half, but failed to create any meaningful chances until the 20th minute when Xola Mlambo had the ball at the back of the net but was flagged for offside.
Five minutes later, Thembinkosi Lorch hit the side netting as he dribbled past Ratanda Mbazuvara following a lovely through ball from Shonga.
Stars could not match their more fancied opponents as the visitors continued creating chances with Shonga, Augustine Mulenga and Lorch failing to beat Mbazuvara.
However as the game progressed, Stars created their first real chance when Tjiuana-Tja Tjatindi beat four Pirates players on the right flank before cutting into his left.
His attempted shot with his left leg did not trouble Jackson Mabokgwane, in goals for Pirates.
On the strike of half-time, Marshall Munetsi hit a cracking shot which was punched for a corner by Mbazuvara, leading the two sides to a 0-0 half-time scoreline.
The second half started the same way as the first, with Stars finding their backs against the wall and Pirates strikers failing to capitalise.
Vincent Pule headed wide before shooting over while a clever one-two between Shonga and Mulenga saw the latter firing wide in the 52nd minute.
Three minutes later the goal came when Dennis Tjetjinda failed to clear the ball in his own half and Musa Nyatama picked a pass to Pule who beat Tjatindi for pace before fighting a lovely cross which deceived Mbazuvara.
Shonga hit a first time volley which was blocked by Ivan Kamberipa, before his second attempt found the back of the net.
The goal seemed to wake up Stars as they started playing expansive football and cause a few problems for their opponents.
Substitute Aubrey Omseb missed the goal by inches in the 66th minute from a free kick, before Kamberipa headed wide from another set piece.
Gustav Isaak then missed a sitter in the 92nd minute after Omseb beat two defenders on the left and flighted an inviting cross into the box which fell onto his path.
But his shot went wide, meaning the game ended 1-0 in Pirates’ favour.
Pirates’ win sees them qualify for the group stages of the tournament, while Stars drop to the CAF Confederations Cup.
(NAMPA)
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