COSAFA sides lock horns in CAF club competitions

A number of COSAFA sides will be involved in CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup action on Tuesday and Wednesday, many coming up against one-another in regional derbies.

The champions of South Africa and Botswana coach as Mamelodi Sundowns welcome Jwaneng Galaxy to Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon for their clash in the elite African competition.

Sundowns are leading 2-0 from the first leg and must be favourites to win a place in the pool stages.

Angolan side Primeiro de Agosto host Kaizer Chiefs from South Africa with that tie much more finely balanced at 0-0, and it is set to be a massive clash in Luanda for the return.

Zambia’s Green Eagles are in Cameroon for the second leg of their Confederation Cup tie and have plenty of work to do having lost the first game 2-0 at home.

Orlando Pirates have already secured their place in the play-off round of the competition after Angolan opponents Sagrada Esperança withdrew from the competition, citing concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa.

Pirates had won the first leg in Angola 1-0 but have now been given a free pass through to the next stage.

Another Angolan side, Bravos do Maquis, are away in DR Congo against Motema Pembe and trail 1-0 from the first leg, with plenty of work to do in Kinshasa.

There is also more action on Wednesday in the Champions League, including an ‘all-COSAFA’ tie as Petro Atletico of Angola host Zambian champions Nkana FC. The first leg finished 1-1.

Eswatini side Young Buffaloes also have a massive task as they travel to DR Congo to meet giants Vita Club with that tie finely poised at 2-2.

Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum travel to Tanzania to meet Simba  and they hold a 1-0 advantage in the tie, knowing that an away goal will leave their opponents needing to score three times.

In the Confederation Cup, Mozambique side UD Songo host Zambia’s NAPSA Stars with that tie locked at 0-0.

Finally, South Africa’s Bloemfontein Celtic travel to Nigeria to meet Rivers United, trailing 2-0 from the first leg.