Al Ahli Benghazi vs. Orlando Pirates preview: kick-off time, TV channel, squad news
The Buccaneers resume continental business with a deployment to Libya to maintain an undefeated run in this competition
Orlando Pirates will look to maintain the lead in the Group A Caf Confederation Cup when they face Al Ahli Benghazi at Martyrs of February Stadium on Sunday.
After the 0-0 draw against ES Setif before the 2-1 win against Enyimba FC at home, the Pirates are one point ahead of their group.
They now have their second away game ahead of them, this time in Libya, where they face Al Ahli Benghazi, who is third in Group A after winning his last game against Setif.
A victory for pirates will increase their leadership, while a defeat will displace them from the top.
|game||Al Ahli Benghazi versus Orlando Pirates|
|date||Sunday April 4th|
|time||9:00 p.m. SA time|
TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch
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|Official Facebook page of the Caf Champions League & Confederation Cup||N / A|
Squads & Team News
The Libyans have not updated their injury or suspension situation in their camp.
Still, pirates will have to keep an eye out for striker Jibreel Alwadawi, who has been in good shape in both Al Ahli Benghazi internationals.
In the meantime, pirate trainer Josef Zinnbauer is faced with a difficult situation when he goes into battle with a very exhausted squad.
The Buccaneers have to do without Captain Happy Jele, Innocent Maela, Thabang Monare, Deon Hotto and Thabiso Monyane, as the injury problems contribute to a season in which pirates have to struggle with fitness problems, especially in advance.
Vice-captain Thulani Hlatshwayo is expected to be back while Thembinkosi Lorch is still out.
It is not yet clear whether goalkeeper Richard Ofori will be available for the game after missing the team’s last two games as well as Ghana’s last internationals.
Siyabonga Mpontshane has been favored by coach Zinnbauer lately and could protect the goal on Sunday.
The fitness status of Frank Mhango and Jean-Marc Makusu has not been updated either, as the two have recently been struggling with injuries.
The game on Sunday is the first time since 2010 that a Libyan club has hosted a café club game.
The North African country was unable to host international matches due to a volatile political situation.
It is also the first meeting between pirates and Al Ahli Benghazi.
The Buccaneers arrive fresh after losing in the Soweto derby to the Kaizer Chiefs in their last game in Libya.
They face a side of Al Ahli Benghazi who have lost once in their last five games, a record of four wins and one loss.
The Zinnbauer men have scored three wins, one draw and one loss in their last five games.