Kaizer Chiefs suffered a 4-0 defeat to Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League Group C on Sunday evening.
Gavin Hunt recalled Najbulo Blom and Lebogang Manyama from the goalless draw against AC Horoya in midweek, as Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Bernard Parker dropped to the bench.
Wydad wasted no time in stamping their authority seven minutes in after Mohammad Ounnajem guided home a loose ball as the visitors failed to clear their defensive lines.
The Amakhosi struggled to stage a comeback soon after going behind, with a ball from Manyama towards the six-yard area flying wide of the mark.
Manyama went close again in the final seven minutes to halftime with a curling strike outside the area, but he blazed beyond the top corner.
Wydad made it two a minute before the interval through a smart close-range header from Ayoub El Kaabi after the Amakhosi once again failed to clear their lines.
Hunt’s men were off to a quiet start in the second half, but sprung to life a little later with a snap-shot from a promising area by Kearyn Baccus but goalkeeper Ahmed Tangouti saved.
The probe on Wydad’s goal continued towards the closing stages as a threatening attempt from Samir Nurkovic flew narrowly wide of the intended target.
A double substitution from the South African side followed in the latter minutes, with Philani Zulu in for Manyama and Willard Katsande removed for Ngcobo.
However, Wydad added a third two minutes before full-time after Simon Msuva lobbed goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune after getting behind the Chiefs defence.
Chiefs were down to ten players as Ramahlwe Mphahlele saw red in stoppage time after giving away a penalty through a handball, with Yahya Jabrane tucking away the spot-kick to end the visitors misery.
Chiefs: Khune, Ngezana, Agay, Mphahlele, Baccus, Frosler, Katsande, Blom, Manyama, Castro, Nurković
Subs: Akpeyi, Cardoso, Kambole, Ngcobo, Zulu, Matsheke, Parker