Orlando Pirates - Zamalek Preview: Buccaneers looking for strong home performance

Orlando Pirates welcome Zamalek to the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night and will be targeting a victory at home to maintain their grip on the summit of Group A


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Klate, Manyisa, Jali, Segolela
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Orlando Pirates host Zamalek in a Caf Champions League Group A match on Saturday night, with the Buccaneers remaining intent to stay on top following their unbeaten start to the group stages.

Pirates drew 0-0 with AC Leopards and achieved a historic 3-0 victory against Al Ahly, putting them on the summit of Group A with four points and a greater goal difference than AC Leopards.

Zamalek have had a disappointing start to the group stages, drawing with rivals Al Ahly in Egypt and then losing against AC Leopards in the Congo.

However, the Egyptian giants will be no easy task for Pirates. New striker Lennox Bacela is expecting a tough assignment for his side on Saturday night.

“This is going to be a tougher game than the one against Al Ahly, who underestimated us when we went to play them in Egypt. Now all the other clubs know and respect Pirates after what we did to Al Ahly,” Bacela told reporters.

“We expect Zamalek to fight like wounded tigers as they are still chasing their first win in this tournament, but we will push them deeper into the mud. Our plan is to win two more games to end with a minimum of 10 points, which will guarantee us a place in the semifinals.

“The challenges will be massive when we travel to Egypt for the return match, so it is important that we win all our matches at home.”

Thandani Ntshumayelo remains a doubt for the match due to an ankle injury, while Collins Mbesuma has already been withdrawn from the squad.


  • Tlou Segolela has been included in the squad to face Zamalek and is likely to make the starting line-up.
  • Zamalek have only played two competitive matches since June, due to the political violence in Egypt which claimed 600 lives this very week.
  • The Egyptian side has claimed that Pirates supplied them with poor training grounds in the build-up to this match.
  • Orlando Pirates have won the Caf Champions League once, while Zamalek have claimed the title five times.