AS Vita Club's Ngonda Muzinga (R)
Thursday Jan 31, 2019. 10:16
AS Vita will chase a second consecutive home win in Group D of the CAF Champions League when they host JS Saoura in Kinshasa on Saturday evening. The match is slated for Stade des Martyrs, with kick-off at 18h00 CAT.
Vita come into the clash having claimed a 5-0 win over Tanzania’s Simba at the same venue on January 19, with the result placing them second on the log behind Al Ahly.
The Black Dolphins secured their emphatic victory thanks to a brace from Jean-Marc Mundele and strikes from Botuli Bompunga, Fabrice Ngoma and Makwekwe Kupa.
ASV have been in good form domestically heading into this weekend, defeating both Motema Pembe and Groupe Bazano in the DRC Super Ligue since their crushing of Simba.
Saoura, by contrast, have gone seven games without a win across all competitions. Their last Champions League outing on January 18 was a 1-1 draw at home to Ahly, leaving them at the foot of the Group D log.
They have since also drawn away to MC Oran and lost 2-0 to USM Alger in Algeria’s Ligue 1, leaving them in desperate need of a positive result to lift the mood around the camp.
JSS coach Nabil Neghez will hope to see his side recapture the form which brought them to the group stage in the first place, but he’ll first have to win the battle of tactical wits against counterpart Florent Ibenge.
The other Group D match sees Al Ahly host Simba at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria later the same evening, with kick-off at 21h00 CAT.
Angola referee Helder Martins de Carvalho will take charge of the match in Kinshasa.