Thamsanqa Gabuza made a scoring comeback to the Orlando Pirates starting line-up as a much-changed selection eased to a 3-1 victory over Light Stars from Seychelles in their African Champions League first round‚ second leg tie on Wednesday.

Orlando Pirates advanced to the next round of the CAF Champions League with an 8-2 aggregate victory over Light Stars in the preliminary round.

Coach Micho Sredojevic made 10 changes to his side‚ with captain Mpho Makola the only survivor from the 0-0 league draw with Maritzburg United at the weekend with one eye on Saturday’s Telkom Knockout final against Baroka, while the Soweto giants led 5-1 from the first leg win.

The Buccaneers broke the deadlock in the 11th minute thanks to midfielder Linda Mntambo, who was also on target in the first leg, after combining with Kudakwashe Mahachi.

Despite the fiery start, clear-cut chances were hard to come by for both chances as the half, with most of the play taking place in the midfield.

However, neither side could add to the scoreline in the remaining stages of the first half as the visitors went into the break leading by a solitary strike.

The Buccaneers came out firing in the second half and they were rewarded with a second goal on the hour mark, with Gabuza netting his first goal of the season.

Nine minutes later, it was 3-0 as defender Abel Mabaso bagged his first of the campaign after the Light Stars shot-stopper failed to deal with Gabuza’s initial effort.

Sredojevic opted for a change in the 73rd minute of the encounter as Makola made way for Meshack Maphangule for the final 17 minutes.

Light Stars did manage to pull a goal back in the 85th minute from a corner kick, although the tie was well and truly done by then.