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Bidvest Wits CAF Champions League campaign off to a flier

The Clever Boys set the tone for their CAF Champions League journey when they eased past Mauritian side Pamplemousses S.C. 2-0 in the first leg preliminary round.

As has been the case for most of Wits’ season, they were off to a marauding start, Thabang Monare picking out Vincent Pule at the back post, but the winger was unable to find the target with his header.

Pule looked lively, causing endless problems for the visitors in defence, his pace and quick feet proving too much to handle. He picked out Rodgers who headed his effort at the man between the sticks for Pamplemousses.

Monare and Pule threatened again in the 17th minute, Monare’s cross finding Pule again, this time his header struck the crossbar.

The hosts dominance told in the 23rd minute, Kobamelo Kodisang getting on the end of a well worked move to head Gavin Hunt’s charges into the lead.

Pule was on hand again 15 minutes later to release Rodgers with a wonderful through ball, the striker calm and composed to slot home to double the hosts advantage in the 37th minute.

The second half proved to be more of the same with Anthony Gordinho being denied seconds after the restart by a smart save.

Rodgers was denied by the frame of the goal yet again when his strike from range rattled the underside of the crossbar and deflected out of harms way.

Substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro looked to net his second for Wits but his header was saved by an instinctual close range save.

Ritchie’s debut was soured after he picked up a red card for retaliating after being elbowed in the face by Remy.

The visitors were also reduced to 10 men after Remy picked up a second yellow for a rash challenge on Pule.

Hunt’s men will be confident heading to Mauritius for the return leg of the encounter in 10 days carrying in a two goal lead.