The semi finals of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup opens this weekend with two first-leg, semifinal clashes in South Africa and DR Congo.
The Lucas Moripe Stadium in Tshwane will kick start the action with SuperSport United playing host to Club Africain on Sunday afternoon.
Neither side has won this competition before (though CA have been runners-up three times) and both will be desperate for a crack at the silverware.
The South Africans secured a dramatic triumph over Zambia’s Zesco United in the quarterfinals, with Thuso Phala’s last-gasp strike securing progression on away goals after the teams drew 2-2 on aggregate.
Club Africain also had a last minute luck when they eliminated MC Alger, with veteran Saber Khalifa scoring in the dying minutes to secure a 2-1 aggregate triumph.
The second match of the CAF Confederations Cup semi finals takes place on the same day after 30 minutes of the kick off for Super Sports and Club Africain in Lubumbashi and sees title holders TP Mazembe host Morocco’s FUS Rabat.
The former Champions League winner would count on the great form and confidence they gained after they crushed Sudan’s Al-Hilal Al-Ubayyid 7-1 on aggregate in the quarters, establishing themselves as the competition favourites.
Yet FUS will pose a much sterner challenge: they were good enough to survive the toughest group and did just enough to beat three-time Confed Cup winners CS Sfaxien in the quarterfinals, winning 5-4 on penalties after the teams drew 1-1 on aggregate.
The second-leg matches for both semifinals will be played on the weekend of 20-22 October.
CAF Confederation Cup fixtures
All times GMT – semifinal, first legs
Sunday 1 October
SuperSport United v Club Africain – 13:00
TP Mazembe v FUS Rabat – 13:30
Credit : Mtnfootball