Pirates, Zamalek set for heavyweight showdown

Pirates, Zamalek set for heavyweight showdown
Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates training with teammates

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015. 15:38

South Africa’s 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.

Kick-off at the Mbombela Stadium will be at 15h00 CAT.

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 the standings.

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.

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