Sundowns claimed a heated 2-1 win over Wydad Casablanca on January 19 which nearly ended in a brawl between players, coaches and officials. Yet manager Pitso Mosimane was proud of his side, not only for the result but also their refusal to be bullied by the gamesmanship of the North Africans.
The Brazilians will be looking for back-to-back home wins when they host another former African champion, Ivorian giants ASEC Mimosas, at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Friday night in Group A.
Pirates will also be at home the following evening, looking to defend their place at the top of Group B when they host Tunisian giants and current African kings Esperance de Tunis. The Blood and Gold will represent a true litmus test for the Buccaneers, who have performed solidly in their previous group matches but will now be faced with a true heavyweight of the continent.
Group C will have just one match – TP Mazembe and Club Africain meeting in Lubumbashi on Saturday afternoon – following last week’s news that CAF has ejected Egypt’s Ismaily from the competition for crowd trouble in the previous round.
Group D sees Egyptian giants Al Ahly looking to keep up their place at the top of the log when they host Tanzania’s Simba, a match which will be preceded by AS Vita v JS Saoura in Kinshasa on Saturday evening.
The CAF Confederation Cup will have its first group stage matches this weekend and there are derbies aplenty. In Group A, Moroccan sides Hassania Agadir and Raja Casablanca will do battle, with their compatriot club RS Berkane away to AS Otoho in the Congo.
Group B features a Tunisian derby between Etoile du Sahel and CS Sfaxien, as well as an all-West African clash between Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers and Burkina Faso’s Salitas, while Group C is headlined by the Zambian battle between Zesco United and Nkana.
The latter pool also sees an intriguing clash between Al Hilal and Asante Kotoko of Sudan and Ghana respectively, while Group D’s matches are Gor Mahia v Zamalek and Hussein Dey v Petro de Luanda.
CAF Champions League fixtures, 1 - 2 February
All times CAT
Friday, 1 February
- 21:00: Mamelodi Sundowns v ASEC Mimosas (Group A) – LIVE on SS10/SS11 & SelGo2
Saturday, 2 February
- 15:00: Lobi Stars v Wydad Casablanca (Group A) – LIVE on SS10/SS11 & SelGo2
- 21:00: Al Ahly v Simba SC (Group D) – LIVE on SS8 & SelGo3
- 21:00: Orlando Pirates v Esperance de Tunis (Group B) – LIVE on SS4/SS12
CAF Confederation Cup fixtures, 1 - 3 February
Dates, times and venues yet to be confirmed by CAF at the time of writing
- Hassania Agadir v Raja Casablanca
- AS Otoho v RS Berkane
- Etoile du Sahel v CS Sfaxien
- 15:00: Enugu Rangers v Salitas – LIVE on SS9 & SelGo4
- 18:00: Zesco United v Nkaka – LIVE on SS9/SS12 & SelGo1
- Al Hilal v Asante Kotoko
- 15:00: Gor Mahia v Zamalek – LIVE on SS4/SS8 & SelGo1
- 21:00: NA Hussein Dey v Petro de Luanda – LIVE on Max360