Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, CAF Champions’ League group stage victories at the weekend will serve as a motivation for Orlando Pirates to get their Confederation Cup campaign off to a winning start. It is now the Pirates’ turn to see what they can do in the Confederation Cup group stages in the opening game against ES Setif of Algeria. The „Buccaneers“is in the company of Enyimba of Nigeria and Al-Ahli Benghazi of Libya in Group A. They are playing in great form in the South African Premier League, and with a victory against Chippa United, they climb to second place in the standings. Today, German coach Joe Zinnbauer can count on Tshegofatso Mabasa and Gabadinho Mhango which will give more options for this game.
ES Setif is a debutante in this competition, but will not have a home advantage. ES Setif opted to use the Accra Stadium in Ghana as the home venue for the game against Pirates after the Algerian government refused to allow entry passengers from South Africa due to COVID 19 restrictions in the North African country. In addition to that, they have some problems with injuries. Coach Nabil Kouki can’t count on Ferhani and Merbah, who are key players in the midfield.
ES Setif will have a difficult time against the Pirates and I’m giving a small edge on the guest’s side.