Cape Town - Orlando Pirates will look for a second successive victory in
Group B of the CAF Confederation Cup when they welcome Egyptian giants Zamalek
to Nelspruit on Saturday.
The Buccaneers recorded the only away victory on matchday
one of the group stage in the Confed Cup, beating former champions AC Leopards
1-0 in Dolisie, Congo.
Defender Happy Jele scored the only goal of the game in the
59th minute, handing Eric Tinkler’s side three points and a place at the top of
They are joined at the summit of the group by Zamalek, who
beat CS Sfaxien of Tunisia 1-0 at home thanks to Abdoulaye Cisse’s late strike,
making this Saturday match a chance for either team to break away at the head
of the mini-league.
Zamalek and coach Jesualdo Ferreira come into the match
having taken a major step toward securing the Egyptian Premier League title
with a 3-0 win over Ismaily on Monday night, as Bassin Morsi, Ahmed Tawfik and
Moruf Yusuf netted for the Cairo side.
Bucs and the White Knights met twice in the group stage of
the 2013 CAF Champions League, with Pirates recording a comprehensive 4-1 home
win in the teams’ first match thanks to goals from Lennox Bacela, Tlou
Segolela, Sifiso Myeni and Daine Klate.
The return match in El Gouna saw the Egyptians claim a 2-1
victory, as Ahmed Eid Abdel Malik and Salah Soliman scored to ensure Zamalek
claimed a measure of revenge.
However, it was Pirates who ended up advancing from the
group that year, while Zamalek finished third and were eliminated. The South
African team went all the way to the final, but lost 3-1 on aggregate to
Zamalek’s arch rivals Al Ahly.
Seychelles referee Bernard Camille will take charge of the
match in Nelspruit on Saturday.
Kick-off at the Mbombela Stadium will be at 15:00.