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Caps United face tough away clash

Caps United of Zimbabwe will have their mettle tested when they face Libya’s Al Ahli Tripoli away from home in a group B clash in the Caf Champions League on Wednesday night.

The match is set for the Stade Taieb Mhiri in Sfax, Tunisia, kick-off at 22h00 CAT.

Caps’ quarterfinal hopes suffered a blow in the previous matchday when they were beaten 4-2 in Harare by the Libyans, with Ronald Pfumbidzai and Hardlife Zvirekwi’s late goals doing no more than adding some respectability to an otherwise emphatic score line.

The result saw Al Ahli (whose goals were scored by Sameh Derbali, Salem Ablo and Muadi Ellafi) move into third place on four points - level with second-placed USM Alger and one point behind leaders Zamalek, with Caps bringing up the rear on three points.

Yet with just two points covering the four teams, there is everything to play for in the second half of the group stage campaign, and Caps are confident of turning the tables on their north African hosts.

“Playing away is difficult but at the same time, we have to stand our ground in this competition. They beat us here [Harare], so why not us beating them there?” midfielder Ronald Chitiyo told Zimbabwe’s Chronicle.

“That game is very important for us because if we win it, we will be back in the race. It’s still an open group.

“Everyone in the team wants to win, so we are going to play as a team. I am sure we are all going to put in 100 percent effort.

“But obviously it’s going to be a tough match because that team [Ahli] have the confidence from the fact that they beat us here in Harare.”

The other group B match sees USM Alger host Zamalek in a later kick-off on Wednesday night.


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