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CAF Champions League Preview: Tunis aim to wrap up semi-final spot
Sep 12, 2013 11:12 PM EST
ES Tunis can secure their place in the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League when they take on Recreativo do Libolo on Saturday.
The Tunisian capital club boast the best record in the competition thus far, having won three of their first four games, and will ensure their progress to the next stage with victory over the Angolan champions in the Group B clash.
A strong defence has been the key to Tunis' impressive form; they have conceded just one goal in the the tournament, keeping clean sheets in each of their victories.
However, it was Libolo who dealt Tunis their only defeat thanks to a last-minute strike from forward Aguinaldo.
Still, Tunis should go into this clash as favourites, and will hope to atone for that loss in front of their home fans at the Stade Olympique de Rades.
Defeat for Libolo could allow Cameroonian side Cotonsport to book their place in the next round.
Sebastien Desabre's men are two points adrift of Tunis and will qualify for the last four if they better Libolo's result when they meet Ivorian outfit Sewe Sport.
Orlando Pirates will look to bounce back from their defeat to Zamalek and clinch their place in the last four when they take on AC Leopards
The South Africans sit atop of Group A with seven points despite that defeat, but know that they will need to get back to winning ways if they are to put themselves in pole position to progress.
All four teams in the group are still in the hunt for a place in the semi-finals, but it is Orlando who are in command.
Manager Roger De Sa will look to the likes of Lennox Bacela and Sifiso Myeni - who have four goals between them in the tournament so far - to inspire them to victory against the Congolese side.
A win for Orlando will leave all the pressure on defending champions Al Ahly, who can ensure that both sides progress when they take on Egyptian rivals Zamalek.
Midfielder Waleed Soliman has been the key man for Al Ahly thus far, but boss Mohamed Youssef will likely look to strikers Al-Sayed Hamdy and Ahmed Abdul Zaher to contribute on the goalscoring front.