caf logo.jpgIt was a fruitful weekend for Zimbabwe’s representatives in the Continental competitions with the country’s three representatives Gunners, Lengthens and Caps United storming into the first round.

For the first time ever, four Zimbabwean clubs will be in action in the first round of CAF Competitions after the country’s three representatives on the African safari progressed to the first round where they will be joined by Dynamos who had a bye in the preliminary round.

 

In the CAF Confederations Cup, Lengthens fought gallantly to cling on to 2-1 first leg victory by holding their Madagascan opponents AS Adema nil all away from home to progress to the next stage of the competition.

 

After scrapping to a 1 nil win in the first leg of their tie against Mbabane Highlanders of Swaziland, Caps United needed lady luck in a penalty shootout that saw them prevailing 8-7 victors, after it had finished 1 nil in favour of Mababane Highlanders in regulation time.

 

The Green Machine now faces a stern test in the first round, when they meet South Africa’s Moroka Swallows who beat Pamplemousse of Mauritius 5-1 on aggregate.

 

Having humiliated Mafunzo FC 6-1 on aggregate, Gunners are now faced with a mammoth task of trying to gun down Egyptian giants and record African champions Al Ahly to progress to the next stage of the competition.

 

But while Zimbabwean soccer was basking in glory, the South African premiership was deep in mourning after Soweto giants Orlando Pirates were dumped out of the African Safari by little Gaborone United of Botswana following a 2 all home draw.

 

The result meant that for the first time, a South African club was eliminated from a continental competition by a club from Botswana.