Tricky away tests for African giants
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All 16 clubs remaining in the CAF Champions League have the same goal ahead of their games in the second qualifying round: to advance to the lucrative group stage of the showpiece event of African club football. The eight tie-winners will be drawn into two groups of four, with the top two teams from each groups advancing to the semi-finals. The winner of the tournament qualifies for FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco at the end of the year.

Match of the week
Orlando Pirates – TP Mazembe

The 1995 champions Orlando Pirates face an uphill battle if they want to become the first South African club since 2006 to advance to the group stage of the competition. Their opponents in the final qualifying round, TP Mazembe, are four-time winners of the Champions League and one of the most feared teams on the continent. The two teams met in 2002, and after only managing a 1-1 draw at home, the club from Congo DR stunned Pirates 3-1 in Johannesburg. One of the goalscorers at the time, Ilunga Mukadi said that whilst Pirates are not as strong now as they were then, their fans will boost them. "There is nothing to fear, they are the ones who are worried about meeting Mazembe in this round. We have to stay confident and focused, and not take things lightly.” Pirates have some injury concerns ahead of the game, with defender Siyabonga Sangweni and midfielder Oupa Manyisa doubtful, while their opponents received a boost when Nathan Sinkala, Ousmane Cisse and Mao Kasongo Kabiona were allowed to register for this stage of the competition.

Other matches
The remaining Nigerian and Angolan clubs clash in Enugu. Recreativo do Libolo will be warned ahead of their game against Enugu Rangers, as last year they beat Sunshine Stars 4-1 in Angola, but then were knocked out on the away goals rule after losing 3-0 in Nigeria. Defending champions Al Ahly are away to CA Bizertin in Tunisia, with the home side in disarray after previously announcing that they had suspended all footballing activities in protest at a domestic league decison. The other remaining Egyptian club, Zamalek, will have to play their home game against Ethiopian club Saint George behind closed doors. Sewe Sports travel to Morocco for their game against FUS Rabat with the Ivorian side leading their domestic league and on track to retain their title.

Tunisian giants Esperance make the short trip to Bejaia, where they face Algerian club JSM Bejaia. The Blood and Gold, who last year lost the two-legged final to Al Ahly, are keen to add a third Champions League title to their honours list. Coton Sport, finalists in 2008, are at home to Stade Malien in their first leg. Neither team has lost in the competition so far this season, though the Cameroon club were lucky to advance from the first round in a penalty shoot-out after twice registering goalless draws with Ugandan club URA in the preliminary round. Congolese club AC Leopards, who overturned a 4-1 deficit from the first leg against Kanu Pillars in the previous round, take on ES Setif, whose domestic form in Algeria has been anything but good recently. Setif lost 4-1 at CR Belouizdad in midweek and are looking to the Champions League for a positive response.

Player to watch
Al Ahly midfielder Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan's form has not gone unnoticed in France and the Egyptian U-20 star has been invited to trials by Nice, who seem keen to sign the youngster before he plays in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013 later this year. The club though has said that it would be difficult to send him at the moment as he has so many commitments, but he’ll no doubt be looking to impress suitors against Bizertin.

The stat
5 - The number of North African clubs that could be playing in the group phase of the competition. Seven teams from the region have made it to the final round of qualifying, but as there are two-all North African ties are taking place, two teams will definitely be eliminated.

What they said
"Our ambitions are clear. We want to advance to the group stage of the Champions League. It is with this in mind that we go into our game in Garoua. The game there is a very important one as we are chasing our goal. We are going to Cameroon to get a result," Stade Malien striker Abdoulaye Sissoko.

Have your say
Can Saint George stun Egyptian giants Zamalek and become the first Ethiopian club to advance to the group stage?