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Orlando Pirates captain Jele is looking forward to the clash in the CAF Cup

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The Orlando Pirates captain says his team is ready to make it to the finals, just like they were in 2015.

JOHANNESBURG – The captain of the Orlando Pirates, Happy Jele, celebrated the leaders of the CAF Confederation Cup Group A before a clash on matchday 5 with the Algerian visitor Entente Setif in South Africa on Wednesday.

“Our style of play, our commitment and our team spirit can bring us back to the final,” said the only survivor of the team from 2015, who finished second in the Tunisian team Etoile Sahel.

“I don’t see any reason why we can’t become the first South African winners of the competition, especially after we got so close six years ago.”

The Soweto win will secure a quarter-finals spot for the Buccaneers, while the Black Eagles need maximum points to have a realistic chance of getting into the knockout stage.

Here is a preview of the penultimate round of matches in the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League, which could end with all seats being filled in the quarter-finals.

GROUP A

Victories for pirates and the Nigerian team Enyimba, which was played against Al Ahly Benghazi from Libya, would lead the two former African champions to the draw for the quarter-finals on April 30th.

Though Pirates are first and Setif fourth on the table, the South Africans will be wary of an Algerian team that finally clicked nine days ago to beat Enyimba 3-0.

Second-placed Enyimba lost his last four CAF away games and fought to finance a charter flight to Libya.

GROUP B.

A home win for Cameroonian club Coton Sport against Algerian JS Kabylie will ensure they are among the eight survivors when the group stage ends next Wednesday.

Based in the northwestern town of Garoua, the club beat expectations with three wins in four games propelled by the goals of leading scorer Lambert Araina.

Coton, Kabylie and defending champion Renaissance Berkane are aiming for top two finishes, and the goal-shy Moroccans don’t dare lose to the fighters NAPSA Stars in Zambia.

GROUP C.

The qualification will be decided with a game day if Jaraaf from Senegal and the three-time defending champion of the Confederation Cup, CS Sfaxien from Tunisia, win.

Jaraaf owes its bottom-up elevation in part to Papa Paye, who scored home and away wins against Burkina Faso’s Salitas in nine days.

They host two-time Confederation Cup winners Etoile Sahel, while Sfaxien takes on Salitas, who have to play a home game in neighboring Benin because their stadium does not meet international standards.

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