Changed Amakhosi humbled but qualify

Lebogang Manyama of Kaizer Chiefs scored as his side lost to Zimamoto of Zanzibar yesterday. / Deryck Foster/BackpagePix
Lebogang Manyama of Kaizer Chiefs scored as his side lost to Zimamoto of Zanzibar yesterday. / Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

Kaizer Chiefs' stuttering season hit a new low yesterday when they lost 2-1 to part-timers Zimamoto in their African Confederation Cup preliminary round second leg clash in Zanzibar City.

Chiefs advance to the next round with a 5-2 aggregate success, but their defeat in the second leg is among the most humiliating in South Africa's 25 years of competing in African club competition.

Yussuf Mtuba converted two penalties for the home side, taking Chiefs' tally of spot-kicks conceded to four in their last two games, while Lebo Manyama pulled them level in the second half with his first goal for the club.

Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas rested talisman Khama Billiat, the hat-trick hero from the first leg, but still selected a starting XI side with 10 international players, with left-back Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya the odd one out.

Captain Willard Katsande, Manyama, Bernard Parker, Erick Mathoho, Siphelele Ntshangase and Hendrik Ekstein, all started.

But despite this, they contrived to lose to last season's runners-up in the amateur league Zanzibar Premier League.

Chiefs will have to wait until tonight to know their next round opponents, with Madagascan side Elgeco Plus leading Unidad Malabo from Equatorial Guinea 3-1 from the first leg.

Meanwhile, Sundowns should progress past Equatorial Guinea's Leones Vegetarianos when they meet in the CAF Champions League preliminary round second leg tonight (Loftus, 7.30pm).

Free State Stars face a tough ask at Rwanda's Mukura Victory in the Confederation Cup (3.30pm).

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