Cape Town - Orlando Pirates will look to take a step towards the playoff round of the CAF Confederation Cup when they take on Gabon’s CF Mounana away from home on Saturday.
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The Buccaneers are South Africa’s only remaining representative in the African club competition, having beaten Uganda Revenue Authority 4-3 on aggregate in the previous round.
The Sowetan side has been in fine form through 2015 under caretaker coach Eric Tinkler, though they suffered a 2-0 loss in an Absa Premiership match against Bidvest Wits in midweek.
Nonetheless, they will enter the first leg of this second round clash confident that they can establish a foothold in the tie ahead of a return clash in Soweto early next month.
As for Mounana, the Gabonese have impressed in the Confederation Cup thus far, crushing Zanzibar side Polisi SC 8-1 on aggregate in the preliminary round, before getting past Zambia’s Power Dynamos 4-3 on aggregate.
The tie against Dynamos revealed Mounana’s strength at home (they won the first leg 4-0), but also their weakness on the road, as a 3-0 reverse in the return leg in Zambia almost saw them throw away a seemingly unassailable lead.
Knowing this, Pirates will probably have a cautious approach to the first match and look to establish a dominance in the second game back in South Africa.
The referee for the match is Hamada El Moussa Nampiandraza from Madagascar. The return leg will be played at Orlando Stadium on the weekend of May 1-3.
Kick-off in Libreville is at 17:00 SA time.