Crunch time in the Champions League

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Harare - Six clubs from Southern Africa carry the advantage ahead of CAF Champions League preliminary round second leg fixtures on the weekend of December 5-7, 2020.

But, there are no guarantees of smooth passage to the next round for most of the football sides from the region, save for 2016 continental kings Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa who are exempted from playing in the preliminaries.

Also, champions of Botswana Jwaneng Galaxy will breathe easier than most after a 4-0 demolition of US de Zilimadjou, from the fellow Southern African nation of Comoros, at home in the first leg.

Zimbabwe champions FC Platinum have gone through a turbulent couple of weeks in which they were forced to ditch Dutch coach Hendrikus Pieter De Jongh because he was not licensed by the Confederation of African Football to sit in the dugout.

Despite that, they too dispatched a fellow Southern African club, Costa Do Sol, 2-1 in Mozambique. FC Platinum will fancy their chances of progressing courtesy of the two away goals in the first leg.

Coach Norman Mapeza, who bounced back as urgent cover for the sacked De Jongh has, however, warned his charges to guard against complacency. 

South African giants Kaizer Chiefs secured a 1-0 win away in Cameroon against PWM de Bamenda and they will be looking to finish off the West Africans in Johannesburg.

Kings of Zambia, Nkana FC, have a reputation of stubbornness at home in continental club competitions and if they can live up to that billing, they will find themselves in the next stage as they already carry a 1-0 away win over Lesotho club Bantu.

The other Zambian side in the competition, Forest Rangers, need to win or post a scoring draw when they travel to Gabon to take on AS Bouenguidi Sports after the two sides both failed to find the back of net in the first leg.

Atletico Petroleos de Luanda of Angola will be expected to complete the job they started last weekend when they beat Akanongui of Equatorial Guinea after the Southern Africans came good 1-0 in West Africa.

Simba SC of Tanzania also have a slight edge after they beat Nigerian side Plateau United 1-0 away last week and they stand a good chance of progressing in the second leg at home.

 

Preliminary Round Second-leg Fixtures

Bouenguidi Sports v Forest Rangers

Zilimadjou v Jwaneng Galaxy

Al Hilal  v Vipers

MC Alger v Buffles

CS Sfaxien v Mlandenge

FC Platinum v Costa Do Sol

Gor Mahia v APR

Mekelle 70 v Ahli Benghaz

Messager v Young Buffaloes

Asante Kotoko v Nouadhibou

Stade Malien v AAGBS

Teungueth v Gambia Armed Forces

ASCO de Kara v Racing Club d'Abidjan

Mogadishu City v AS SONIDEP

El Merreikh v AS Otoho

Enyimba v Rahimo

Nkana v Bantu

Atletico Petroleos v Akonangui

Simba SC v Akonangui

El Nasr v CR Belouizdad

GR SIAF v Gazelle

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