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Orlando Pirates’ CAF Confederation Cup playoff opponents revealed

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Orlando Pirates will face off against Jwaneng Galaxy in the CAF Confederation Cup playoffs after the draw took place on Friday in Cairo, Egypt.

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The Buccaneers were given a free pass into the playoffs were drawn to face the Botswana Premier League champions who had dropped out of the CAF Champions League.

That was after they were hammered 5-1 on aggregate by another South African side, Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Brazilians inflicted a 2-0 (away) and 3-1 (home) defeat of Jwaneng Galaxy over the two legs of their CAF Champions League first round tie.

ORLANDO PIRATES BIDDING FOR A LAST 16 SPOT

Jwaneng Galaxy who will now face off against Pirates for a spot among the final 16 clubs who will then be drawn into four groups.

Meanwhile, Bloemfontein Celtic’s first round clash against Nigerian side Rivers United is yet to be decided.

Siwelele were beaten 2-0 at home, but didn’t travel to Nigeria for the return leg for due to the required Covid-19 protocols. They are awaiting a decision by CAF as to how the tie will be decided.

Whoever emerges from that tie will face Enyimba in the next round.

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CAF Confederation Cup fixtures:

Enyimba (Nigeria) vs Bloemfontein Celtic (South Africa) or Rivers United (Nigeria)

Primeiro de Agosta (Angola) vs Namungo FC (Tanzania)

FC Platinum (Zimbabwe) vs ASC Jaraaf (Senegal)

SC Sfaxien (Tunisia) vs AS Kigali (Rwanda)

Raja Casablanca (Morocco) vs US Monastir (Tunisia)

Nkana FC (Zambia) vs TAS Casablanca (Morocco)

Gor Mahia (Kenya) vs Napsa Stars (Zambia)

AS Bouenguidi (Gabon) vs Salitas (Burkina Faso)

Asante Kotoko (Ghana) vs ES Setif (Algeria)

Young Buffaloes (eSwatini) vs Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)

SONIDEP (Niger) vs Coton Sport (Cameroon)

Al Ahli (Libya) vs DC Motembe (DR Congo)

Stade Malien (Mali) vs JS Kabyile (Algeria)

RC Abidjan (Ivory Coast) vs Pyramids FC (Egypt)

Jwaneng Galaxy (Botswana) vs Orlando Pirates (South Africa)

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Results | DStvPrem: Swallows, AmaZulu draw & there’s a new bottom side!

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Wednesday, 20 January saw six matches played in the DStv Premiership – and a new team at the bottom of the standings when all was said and done.

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TS Galaxy surprised Maritzburg United, beating the KwaZulu-Natal side 3-0 at home to move off the bottom of the standings.

Bottom spot now belongs to newcomers TTM.

Elsewhere, Swallows FC missed out on the opportunity to go top of the standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Chippa United at the Dobsonville Stadium.

As a result, defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns live to fight another day at the summit of the log

Meanwhile, Cape Town City moved up to fifth spot when a 2-0 away win over Black Leopards who were coming off a shock victory by the same scoreline over Orlando Pirates in their last outing.

Speaking of the Buccaneers, they fared slightly better this time around, but had to settle for a goalless draw at home to Golden Arrows.

Baroka FC proved too strong for Stellenbosch FC at the Danie Craven Stadium, winning 3-2, while SuperSport United denied AmaZulu and their coach, former Bafana Bafana star striker Benni McCarthy, another victory with a 1-1 stalemate.

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DSTV PREMIERSHIP RESULTS ON WEDNESDAY, 20 JANAURY

Black Leopards 0-2 Cape Town City

Maritzburg United 0-3 TS Galaxy

Orlando Pirates 0-0 Golden Arrows – AS IT HAPPENED

Stellenbosch FC 2-3 Baroka FC

SuperSport United 1-1 AmaZulu

Swallows FC 1-1 Chippa United

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McCarthy warns of January clearout at Amazulu

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Amazulu coach Benni McCarthy says that the club will look to strengthen in attack before the end of the month.

McCarthy claimed that as a result, players will be on their way out as Amazulu are not keen on maintaining an excessively large squad.

McCarthy to bring in new blood

Amazulu are reportedly eager to offload some of their younger players, although it is unclear if they will be loaned out, released or sold.

Somilia Ntsundwana, Andre De Jong, Mario Booysen are rumoured to be the players who could leave in the next two weeks.

“We need to stop drawing the games we should be winning, so we are looking at attacking options out there. We are looking to strengthen and definitely players will be leaving AmaZulu FC this time,” McCarthy said.

“Yes of course we don’t want deprive or stop players from getting game-time and that, so yeah we have a great squad and will be looking at offloading some players, give them an opportunity to play elsewhere you know.

“We are also looking at a few possibilities where we can strengthen because as good and solid as the team is, we can do with some top quality players, one or two coming in to strengthen the squad even more to be tougher to beat.”

Amazulu went on a spending spree at the outset of the season in a bid to secure a top-eight finish for the club’s new owners.

Usuthu head into their clash with SuperSport United occupying tenth spot on the log but some of their star players have called for patience.

Amazulu fans need to be patient

Former Orlando Pirates man Luvuyo Memela is one of the players who have made an impact, scoring six goals so far this term.

“Mindset, we are ready for the game, we know we need to get three points, but what is important is to focus on ourselves and give the same performances we produced in the past games even though we didn’t take our chances,” Memela said.

“Make sure we convert them and get maximum points, but playing SuperSport United, you can’t go there with no respect and thinking it’s going to be an easy game because it won’t be easy.

“We know it’s all because of this pandemic, but what is important is showing them on the pitch that we want to win the game and stay consistent,” Memela added.

“We need them even though they can’t be with us in the stadiums. We need to win games for them and urge them to be patient with us.”

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