Clayton Daniels of Supersport United is challenged by Thamsanqa Mkhize of Cape Town City during the Telkom Knockout Cup Final match between Cape Town City and Supersport United 10 December 2016 at Peter Mokaba StadiumPic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix
Friday Apr 14, 2017. 09:00
AfricanFootball looks ahead to the weekend’s CAF Confederation Cup action, which will see 15 teams seal their place in the competition’s group stage.
A total of 16 matches will be played across the continent, though the meeting of Rivers United and Rayon Sports in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, will be just the first leg of their tie.
The action gets underway with two matches today (Friday): Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien will be confident of advancing as they bring a 2-1 lead into their home match with Rail Club Kadiogo, while the meeting of Zesco United and Enugu Rangers in Zambia promises to be a cracker, with the teams locked at 2-2 after the first leg.
The pick of a busy Saturday is the Moroccan derby between Maghreb Fez and FUS Rabat, which sees the latter holding a 2-1 lead after winning their home leg last weekend, while North African sides MC Alger, Smouha SC, Al Masry and IR Tanger all have work to do in home matches against Young Africans, Bidvest Wits, KCCA and Horoya respectively.
Sunday sees some of the continent’s true heavyweights in action, with defending champions TP Mazembe taking a 2-0 lead to Tizi Ouzou to face JS Kabylie, while Ivorian side ASEC Mimosas will hope to use home advantage in Abidjan to overturn a 2-1 deficit against CF Mounana of Gabon.
South African sides Platinum Stars and SuperSport United will also hope to have home comforts when they tackle AS Tanda (who lead 2-0 after the first leg) and Barrack Young Controllers (1-1) respectively.
The 15 aggregate winners will advance into the new-look group stage, which will be played from May to July. The Rivers United v Rayon Sports tie will be completed next weekend.
CAF Confederation Cup fixtures
Playoff round, second leg fixtures - aggregate score in parenthesis
Friday 14 April
Zesco United v Enugu Rangers (2-2)
CS Sfaxien v Rail Club Kadiogo (2-1)
Saturday 15 April
Recreativo do Libolo v CNaPS Sports (1-1)
Mbabane Swallows v AC Leopards (0-1)
Club Africain v AS Port Louis 2000 (2-1)
Maghreb Fez v FUS Rabat (1-2)
MC Alger v Young Africans (0-1)
Smouha SC v Bidvest Wits (0-0)
Al Masry v KCCA (0-1)
IR Tanger v Horoya (0-2)
Sunday 16 April
Platinum Stars v AS Tanda (0-2)
ASEC Mimosas v CF Mounana (1-2)
Rivers United v Rayon Sports (first leg)
JS Kabylie v TP Mazembe (0-2)
SuperSport United v Barrack Young Controllers (1-1)
Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid v Gambia Ports Authority (1-1)