Horoya, Pirates battle for quarterfinal berth

Horoya, Pirates battle for quarterfinal berth
Luvuyo Memela of Orlando Pirates challenged by Ali Sadiki of Platinum during the CAF Champions League match between Orlando Pirates and Platinum at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 08 March 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Mar 14, 2019. 13:00

Horoya AC and Orlando Pirates will battle for a place in the quarterfinals of the CAF Champions League when they meet at Stadu du 28 Septembre in Conakry on Saturday, 16 March 2019, kick-off at 15h00 CAT.

The Guinea side are placed second on the Group B log with seven points, while the South African visitors are third on six points. The equation as far as quarterfinal qualification is concerned is a simple one: Horoya need only avoid defeat to join group winners Esperance de Tunis in the final eight, while Pirates must win to advance.

The Buccaneers may yet come to rue their 2-2 draw at home to already-eliminated FC Platinum last weekend. The Soweto giants found themselves two goals down after some sloppy defending in the second half, but at least managed to salvage a draw thanks to late strikes from Thembinkosi Lorch and Augustine Mulenga.

Yet a victory would have seen Milutin Sredojevic’s side head to West Africa needing only a draw to advance.

As for HAC, they will be stinging from a 2-0 loss away to Esperance in Rades last time out, but confident that they can continue their unbeaten run at home (including a 1-1 draw with the Tunisian giants and a 2-0 win over Platinum).

The teams met on Matchday 2 back in January, with Pirates claiming an impressive 3-0 win in Soweto thanks to a brace from Lorch and a strike by Zambian forward Justin Shonga.

The other Group B match takes place simultaneously in Zvishavane in Zimbabwe, where Platinum will look for a consolation win at home to group winners Esperance.

Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa will take charge of the match in Conakry.



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