Orlando Pirates have lost their opening match of the CAF Champions League by one goal to nil against Zambian side Green Eagles. Pirates still have a chance to redeem themselves as this match that was played at the Nkoloma Stadium in Zambia’s capital Lusaka was the first of two legs.

This is Eagle’s first season in the Champions League after finishing second in the Zambian Super League to Zesco.

Pirates went into the match without their star player Thembinkosi Lorch and they used Luvuyo Memela, Vincent Pule, Augustine Mulenga and Justin Shonga on attack.

The hosts Eagles scored through Spencer Sautu in the 49th minute after a counter attack. The return leg of the match will be on 23 August at the Orlando Stadium.