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Sunday’s CAF Confederation Cup Preview

The CAF Confederation Cup group battle enters matchday four tomorrow with potentially enthralling match-ups on the cards.

The CAF Confederation Cup group battle enters matchday four tomorrow with potentially enthralling match-ups on the cards.

Misfiring CAF Confederation Cup top group seeds Raja Casablanca and Zamalek will all be playing away from home as they seek their first mini-league victories.

Raja are the trophy holders of the African version of the UEFA Europa League while Zamalek can boast of nine CAF titles.

But the North African duo have not made the expected impact since the four groups kicked off with Raja drawing twice and Zamalek collecting just two points.

Raja play fellow Moroccans Renaissance Berkane in a Group A reverse tie and Zamalek travel south of Africa to meet Petro Atletico of Angola in Group D.

Placed fourth in their group standings on two points, the Green Eagles went down 2-4 in the first leg staged in Rabat on 24th February.

Zamalek had to snatch a last minute goal to hold Petro to a 1-1 draw in a match that they were expected to win with ease. The draw meant that the White Knights remained at the bottom of the group with two points.

Ducor Sports previews the fourth series of matches as the 16 contenders for eight quarter-finals places continue with a hectic schedule of playing on four consecutive Sundays.

Group A

Otoho d’Oyo will be out to take a huge step towards qualifying for the knockout stages when they face Hassania Agadir at Stade Omnisport Marien Ngouabi d’Owando in Brazzaville.

The two teams will go head-to-head for the second time in the space of a week following a 2-1 win for HUSA in Agadir last weekend.

Later in the evening, there will be a mighty Moroccan clash between rivals Raja Casablanca and Renaissance Sportive de Berkane.

In this match, Berkane will hope for at least a point to increase hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage.

Group B

Enugu Rangers will battle Etoile du Sahel at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in the Nigerian city of Enugu.

Rangers suffered a 2-1 defeat to Etoile away on match-day three last weekend in a defeat that saw the Nigerians move down to third on the group standings and they are only one point behind the leaders CS Sfaxien.

Salitas of Burkina Faso will also be in action against Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien in a match slated to be played at the Stade du 4 Août in Burkina Faso’s capital city, Ouagadougou.

Salitas managed to hold Sfaxien to a 0-0 draw away in their last match, which saw the Burkinabe’s remain fourth in the group standings, three points behind the leaders Sfaxien. 

Group C

Nkana FC will be looking for their first maximum points away when they play Asante Kotoko in Kumasi, Ghana.

The Zambian club are the surprise leaders after three matches with six points, three more than bottom placed Kotoko and another two adrift of compatriots Zesco United who are tied on points with second-placed Al Hilal of Sudan.

In their previous match in Kitwe, Nkana beat the Porcupine Warriors 3-1, to register their back-to-back victory at home.

Sudanese giants Al Hilal will be welcoming the other Zambian contenders Zesco United at Khartoum knowing a win will probably lift them to the top.

Group D

Gor Mahia will be looking to improve on their away record when they face NA Hussein Day away in Algeria.

Though top of the Group D with six points, two above their rivals, the Kenyan side will surely be disturbed by this away record in the CAF competition.

Out of the last five matches played in all competitions, K’Ogalo has managed to pick three wins, a draw and one defeat while Hussein Dey has won two, lost two and drew once.

The other match of the pool sees Zamalek travel to Angola where they will be battling for survival away to Petro Atletico of Angola

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