The 2017 CAF Confederation Cup resumes this weekend with four quarterfinal, first leg matches spread across the continent.
The heat of the competition will start on Friday evening in Tshwane when SuperSport United and Zesco United clash for a Southern African derby. SuperSport have exhibited some good form recently as they booked a place in the MTN 8 final last weekend in South Africa and also New Zealand born striker Jeremy Brockie they boast the tournament’s leading goal scorer (nine strikes thus far).
Saturday evening promises to be power packed with thrilling drama in sequence and series when 3 matches would take place in East and North Africa. First, at the Al-Ubayyid Stadium in Sudan, hosts Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid will be hoping to get the better of reigning champions TP Mazembe. The defending champions would line up with some Ghanaian interest with Daniel Nii Adjei, Solomon Asante and Yaw Frimpong wearing the black and white colours.
The DRC giants went unbeaten through the group stage and will fancy their chances of a second successive triumph in this competition – though they must prove themselves in a tricky trip to Sudan.
In Morroco FUS Rabat willhave all their arsenals ready when they play host to Tunisian side CS Sfaxien. The visitors are three-time champions of the Confederations Cup and were very much impressive through the group stage, making them the favourites to prevail in this North African derby.
Some fifteen minutes after the kickoff for the clash in Rabat, attention will then shift to Algeria’s turn for the referee to whistle when MC Alger take on another Tunisian side in the shape of Club Africain at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers.
Club Africain were written off in the group stage but they ended up topping their pool with three successive victories, and they will look to bring that momentum to Algeria for what promises to be a thrilling first-leg clash.
CAF Confederation Cup quarterfinal fixtures
First leg matches, all times GMT
Friday 15 September
SuperSport United v Zesco United – 5: 00 PM
Saturday 16 September
Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid v TP Mazembe – 5: 00 PM
FUS Rabat v CS Sfaxien – 7: 30PM
MC Alger v Club Africain – 7:45 PM