Vermezovic kicks off with a win
UNLIKE his beginning at Kaizer Chiefs three years ago, Vladimir Vermezovic got his new job off to a winning start as Partizan Belgrade won away in the European Champions League by beating FC Valletta 4-1.
The second preliminary round first-leg tie in Malta makes next week's return in Serbia just a formality for Vermezovic's team and puts them just one round away from the lucrative group phase of the world's top club competition.
Partizan were rampant early on in a boost for Vermezovic's decision to take his team on a tough pre-season training camp where they played seven warm-up games.
The Serbian champions were 3-0 up by half-time, scoring first as early as the sixth minute through international Nemanja Tomic. The easy win allowed Vermezovic to give a second-half debut to his new Libyan signing Mohamed Zubya.
But the coach did not use his two other African players - Mohamed Kamara of Sierra Leone and David Manga of the Central African Republic.
May Mahlangu's Helsingborg were held to a 0-0 draw by Welsh minnows The New Saints in their Champions League clash.