Orlando Pirates advanced into the next round of the Absa Cup after scoring a comfortable 2-0 win over Black Leopards at the Johannesburg Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The match saw two former Bafana Bafana managers - Shakes Mashaba and Augusto Palacios - come up against each other and it was the latter who emerged victorious from a game in which his star studded side dominated long periods.
The Sea Robbers took the lead in the 20th minute when right-back Felix Musasa played a long ball into the goal area which Leopards keeper Michel Babale failed to gather.
The ball fell to Benedict Vilakazi, who's attempted lob struck the crossbar before falling to man-of-the-match Bheka Phakati, who bicycled the ball into the net with his back to the goal.
There were no more clear cut opportunities in the first half but in the second stanza Steve Lekoelea came close to increasing Pirates' lead in the 48th minute when he bent a wickedly curling free-kick around the defensive wall which rattled the upright.
Kelvin Mushangisike came close to scoring for Lidoda Liduvha in the 62nd minute with a long range shot but Bucs keeper Thabang Radebe did well to get down to his right to make the save.
In the 69th minute Vilakazi doubled the lead for the team in black and white when he received a brilliant defence splitting ball from substitute Jimmy Kauleza and calmly slotted the ball past Babale.
Some neat build up play in the 89th minute involving Lekoelea, Kauleza and Vilakazi nearly saw the latter add to his goal tally, but Babale managed to snuff out the danger in time.
Leopards were unable to fashion any goal-scoring chances in the dying minutes and Mashaba will have been left with a lot to ponder after his first game in charge of the Limpopo side.