ZIMBABWE international Takesure Chinyama scored four goals to give his South African side Orlando Pirates a healthy win when they crushed Comoros side Djabal 5-0 in their Champions League preliminary round first leg tie at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.
Former Dynamos hitman Chinyama could have finished the match with five goals to his credit but his 37th minute strike was disallowed for offside.
Newcomers Djabal, a team of semi-professionals and students from the Indian Ocean island had suffered an early blow when goalkeeper Djabir El Hamid had to retire injured and outfield player Ahamada Ali took his place because the islanders did not bring a reserve goalkeeper to South Africa.
The problem soon showed as Sifiso Myeni struck home from the edge of the area, before Chinyama tapped home on 30 minutes from Patrick Phungwayo's cross.
The big Warriors forward had the ball in the back of the net again just before the break, but it was ruled out for offside.
There was to be no repeat on 55 minutes when Chinyama buried Daine Klate's header to make the score 3-0, and 10 minutes later he sealed his his hat-trick when he tapped home after Thabo Matlaba's shot had hit the woodwork.
Twenty minutes from time it was 5-0 as Ndumiso Mabena set up Chinyama for his fourth and a fifth for Bucs, all but securing their place in the next round.
Pirates coach Roger De Sa said Djabal, a team comprising semi-professionals and students from the Indian Ocean island nation had given them a good run and would not underrate them as they head for the second leg in a fortnight.
"For us this game was a question of the unknown," De Sa said.
"We didn"t really know how they were going to play and it was frustrating at times, especially their offside trap. For a team of amateurs, or semi-professionals, they really gave us a good fight and this is a good wake up call for us.
"We wanted more goals but we rested some of our key players and we got the result. I just hope this lead will be enough."
Kano Pillars of Nigeria also hit five and Primeiro Agosto of Angola and Tusker of Kenya fired four in their respective matches as the Champions League began with a goal glut. But Egyptian giants Zamalek and Asante Kotoko of Ghana were the biggest winners of the weekend when they emerged 7-0 winners against their opponents. Zamalek thrashed Gazelle FC of Chad courtesy of double scorers Ahmed Gaafar (15, 45 minutes) Mohamed Ibrahim (27, 84 minutes) and Abdoulaye Cisse (74, 88 minutes). Ahmed Hassan got the other goal in the 81st minute.
Asante Kotoko were also ruthless in their 7-0 victory over Sony de Ela Nguema of Equatorial Guinea through goals from Boakye, Aziz Abdul, Nguema, Helebege, Mpong Richard, Bansi Seidu and Ochaya Joseph.
Nigeria's Pillars, semi-finalists four years ago, were almost as cruel with a 5-1 whipping of Central African Republic visitors Olympique Real Bangui in Kano as Nafiu Ibrahim struck twice.
David Ochieng was another goal poacher to score twice in a preliminary round, first leg tie as Tusker came from behind on the Indian Ocean island nation of the Seychelles to win 4-1 against Saint Michel United. Primeiro were cruising with a three-goal advantage at home to Malagasy outfit Adema in Luanda before being rocked by two goals, but Kabamba secured a 4-2 victory with a goal on 80 minutes.
Saint George of Ethiopia triumphed 3-0 away to Jamhuri of Zanzibar, Zanaco of Zambia edged Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland 3-2 at home and debutants Moghreb Tetouan of Morocco took a 1-0 lead over Senegalese visitors Casa Sport.
Bello Kofarmata and Nasiru Ali scored to give Pillars a two-goal advantage before Didia Yabou halved the deficit, but it was a temporary reprieve for the Bangui club as Ibrahim struck twice and Rabiu Ali once in the second half.
Ochieng cancelled an early Michel goal in Victoria and he completed the rout five minutes from time after substitutes Michael Olunga and Andrew Segkayombya had netted for the Nairobi side.
Goals from Alfred, David and Mingo Bille had military club Primeiro three up within 33 minutes before mid-second half strikes by Bob and Nhasex triggered panic that Kabamba partially calmed.
Zanaco battled with close-season rustiness as they twice led Swallows by two goals only to be pegged back with Tony Tsabedze grabbing a potentially crucial second for the Swazis after good work by substitute Darren Christie. - Sports Reporter/Kickoff/BBC Sport
JSM Bejaia (ALG) 3, Olympic Niamey (NIG) 0; CA Bizertin (TUN) 1, Al Ittihad (LBA) 1; FUS Rabat (MAR) 1, Real Banjul (GAM) 0; Orlando Pirates (RSA) 5, Djabal (COM) 0; Zanaco (ZAM) 3, Mbabane Swallows (SWZ) 2; St Michel (SEY), 1 Tusker (KEN) 4; Jamhuri (ZAN) 0, St George (ETH) 3; Primeiro Agosto (ANG) 4, Adema (MAD) 2; Kano Pillars (NGR) 5, Olympic Real Bangui (CAR) 1; Moghreb Tetouan (MAR) 1, Casa Sport (SEN) 0; APR FC (Rwa) 1, Vital'O (Bdi) 2;
Coton Sport (Cameroon) 0, U.R.A (Uganda) 0; Simba SC (Tanzania) 0, Clube Rec.Libolo (Angola) 1; Dynamos (Zimbabwe) 3, L.S.C (Lesotho)0; Maxaquene (Mozambique) 0, Mochudi C.Chiefs (Botswana) 1; Rangers (Nigeria) vs Sporting Do.Principe (Angola); AS Vita Club (Congo) 3, Dynamic (Togo) 0; Asante Kotoko (Ghana) 7, Sony de Ela Nguema (Equatorial Guinea) 0; A.S.P.A.C.FC (Benin) 1, A.S.F.Y (Burkina Faso) 1; Union Douala (Cameroon) 2, LISCR (Liberia) 1.