Caf Champions League preview round-up: Fifth match day clashes

A couple of teams are set to clinch qualification to the semi-finals of the 2013 Caf Champions League this weekend during match day five hostilities

Group A

September 14, 2013

AC Leopards (Congo) – Orlando Pirates (South Africa)

With 4 points and sitting in the third place of Group A, Leopards have their last chance to bounce back into the campaign while playing host to group leaders Orlando Pirates (7 pts) on Saturday at the Denis Sassou Nguesso Stadium in Dolisie. Both sides shared the spoils in the reverse fixture with a goalless draw in Johannesburg, which Leopards coach Marius Omog hopes will inspire his side to snatch a home win. However, if the Bucs carry the day they will be sealing their qualification to the semi-final while Leopards will simply be crashing out.

September 15, 2013                 

Al Ahly (Egypt) – Zamalek (Egypt)

Al Ahly are second-placed in Group A with 7 points and are hoping to grab 3 points on Sunday against Zamalek (4 pts and bottom-placed) to book their place in the semi-finals. However, the White Knights are yet to give up and coach Helmy Toulan has warned that a win over the defending champions will revive their campaign and clear the way to the top. Both sides settled on a 1-1 draw last July in the first leg at El Gouna where Sunday’s clash will take place.

Table: 1. Orlando Pirates 7 pts (+5), 2. Al Ahly 7 pts (-1), 3. AC Leopards 4 pts (-1), 4. Zamalek 4 pt (-3)

Group B

September 14, 2013

Esperance Tunis (Tunisia) – Recreativo Libolo (Angola)

Esperance Tunis are the team with the highest points so far in the campaign with 9, and in the event of a win over visiting Recreativo on Saturday, they will seal their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Secondly, the Blood and Gold are yet to lose a match at home thus far and also have revenge to take on the Angolan side who humbled them 1-0 in the first leg. However, the visitors will douse Esperance’s momentum and rekindle their campaign if they pull off a shocking win in Rade.

September 15, 2013

Sewe Sport (Cote D’Ivoire) – Coton Sport (Cameroon)

With 3 points claimed from four matches, Cote D’Ivoire representatives Sewe Sport are on the verge of elimination. Beating Coton Sport could keep their hopes alive but a possibility of progress will now hugely depend on the Esperance – Recreativo encounter and the two other games in the final match day. Their chances are quite slim while Coton Sport, with 7 pts and second-placed in the group, will strengthen their status in the event of an away win in Abidjan or even a draw.

Table: 1. Esperance 9 pts (+3), 2. Coton Sport 7 pts (0), 3. Recreativo de Libolo 3 pts (-2), 4. Sewe Sport 3 pts (-1)