CAF Confederation Cup weekend preview

The Match day 5 of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup will be played this weekend, with the eight matches set to go a long way in deciding who progresses to the quarterfinals.

The action gets underway on Friday evening as Smouha SC and Zesco United battle to reignite their quarterfinal hopes with a Group C clash in Alexandria, while MC Alger will fancy their chances of securing progression with a win at home to Group B’s last-placed Platinum Stars.

Saturday also features just two matches, with Horoya AC of Guinea and SuperSport United – who come into the game having won South Africa’s Nedbank Cup last weekend – meeting in a top-of-the-table Group D match in Conakry, while the night match sees Sudan’s Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid host Recreativo Libolo in a potential Group C decider.

Sunday will see a busy afternoon and early evening in the competition, with the focus mainly falling on the Group A matches: KCCA v FUS Rabat in Kampala and Rivers United v Club African in Port Harcourt. All four teams are locked on six points and it would take a brave soul to bet on anything other than home wins, which is all this pool has produced so far.

Elsewhere, three-time Confederation Cup champions, CS Sfaxien faces a potential banana skin in their Group B match at Mbabane Swallows, while defending champions TP Mazembe will need to ensure they are not the first team to concede a point to CF Mounana in Group D, when they face the Gabonese side in Libreville.

CAF Confederation Cup Match day 5 fixtures

All times CAT

Friday 30 June
Group C – Smouha SC v Zesco United – 18h00
Group B – MC Alger v Platinum Stars – 22h00

Saturday 1 July
Group D – Horoya AC v SuperSport United – 17h00
Group C – Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid v Recreativo Libolo – 20h00

Sunday 2 July

Group A – KCCA v FUS Rabat – 15h00
Group B – Mbabane Swallows v CS Sfaxien – 15h00
Group A – Rivers United v Club Africain – 17h00
Group D – CF Mounana v TP Mazembe – 17h00



Aisha JM