Orlando Pirates captain Happy Jele has hailed the CAF Confederation Cup Community A leaders ahead of a match day 5 clash with Algerian company ES Setif at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.
Kick-off is at 15: 00.
“Our playing vogue, commitment and team spirit can salvage us to the final again,” said the greatest survivor from the 2015 team that accomplished runners-up to Tunisian outfit Etoile Sahel.
“I contemplate no reason why we cannot change into the primary South African winners of the opponents, especially after coming so terminate six years ago.”
Victory in Soweto will clinch a quarter-finals place for the Buccaneers while the Black Eagles want maximum points to retain a realistic chance of squeezing into the knockout phase.
Beneath, a preview the penultimate spherical of matches in the African equivalent of the Europa League, which may discontinuance with all the quarter-finals places stuffed.
Victories for Orlando Pirates and Nigerian outfit Enyimba, away to Al Ahli Benghazi of Libya, would take the two veteran African champions into the April 30 quarter-finals draw.
Although Orlando Pirates are first and ES Setif fourth in the table, the South Africans shall be wary of an Algerian team that finally clicked nine days ago to hammer Enyimba 3-0.
Second-place Enyimba lost their last four CAF away matches and have been battling to fund a charter flight to Libya.
A dwelling recall for Cameroonian club Coton Sport over Algerians JS Kabylie will be certain that they are among the eight survivors when the community phase ends next Wednesday.
The club from northwestern city Garoua have exceeded expectations with three wins in four outings fuelled by the goals of leading scorer Lambert Araina.
Coton, Kabylie and title-holders Renaissance Berkane are searching for top-two finishes and the goal-scared Moroccans dare not lose against strugglers NAPSA Stars in Zambia.
The qualifiers shall be made up our minds with one matchday to spare if Jaraaf of Senegal and record three-time Confederation Cup title-holders CS Sfaxien of Tunisia recall.
Jaraaf owe their elevation from the bottom to the discontinuance of the standings partly to Papa Paye, who scored in dwelling and away victories over Salitas of Burkina Faso within nine days.
They host two-time Confederation Cup winners Etoile Sahel while Sfaxien face Salitas, who must stage a dwelling fixture in neighbouring Benin because their stadium doesn’t meet international standards.
Worn title-holders Raja Casablanca of Morocco have already qualified for the quarter-finals thanks to four straight victories without conceding a goal.
This allows the Inexperienced Devils to relaxation several stars for an away date with pointless Namungo of Tanzania, along with forwards Soufiane Rahimi and Congolese Ben Malango.
Victory for 2020 runners-up Pyramids of Egypt over Nkana in Zambia will be certain that they accomplish 2nd in the greatest community where there has not been a drawn match so far.