Se­lec­tion headache for ‘Mi­cho’ ahead of Caf match

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

OR­LANDO Pi­rates coach Mi­lutin Sre­do­je­vic faces a se­lec­tion poser ahead of their fi­nal clash of the year in Wind­hoek to­day at 4 pm.

Pi­rates’ med­i­cal staff will go into the short Christ­mas break chuffed that all per­son­nel are fully fit and rar­ing to go for to­day’s Caf Cham­pi­ons League test against African Stars.

More pleased will be Sre­do­je­vic and his tech­ni­cal team, who have the headache of se­lect­ing a side to do the busi­ness in their high-stakes en­counter at the Sam Nu­joma Sta­dium.

Word from the Bucs camp is that every­one is avail­able for the trip, with only re­serve goal­keep­ers Wayne Sandi­lands and Bril­liant Khuzwayo hav­ing nursed slight nig­gles this week.

In their goal­less draw in the first leg at home last week­end, the likes of club top goal-scorer Them­binkosi Lorch and striker Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga started on the bench as Paseka Mako and Me­shack Maphangule were af­forded game-time.

How­ever, with their pro­gres­sion in the com­pe­ti­tion at stake in the away tie, the Ser­bian tac­ti­cian will be tempted to field his strong­est side to en­sure they get the job done and qual­ify for the round robin stage.

In cen­tral mid­field, where Mpho Makola and Linda Mn­tambo have fea­tured in their last two matches, “Mi­cho” will be pon­der­ing whether to re­tain the duo who helped them to an im­pres­sive 3-1 vic­tory over Free State Stars last Tues­day, or re­turn to reg­u­lars Musa Ny­atama and Xola Mlambo, who fea­tured in the Telkom Knock­out fi­nal.

Meawhile, Sun­downs are set to host Libyan out­fit Al-Ahly Beng­hazi in their group stage play-off en­coun- ter sched­uled for Lu­cas Moripe Sta­dium this af­ter­noon at 3 pm.

Hav­ing re­turned home with the ag­gre­gate score at 0-0 last week­end, the 2016 con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­ons could be left to rue their missed op­por­tu­ni­ties should things not go their way this week­end.

Else­where, Kaizer Chiefs are set to visit El­geco Plus of Mada­gas­car for the sec­ond leg of their first-round tie at the Anala­manga Sta­dium in An­tana­narivo at 1.30 pm to­day, af­ter reg­is­ter­ing a 3-0 vic­tory at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium last Satur­day. — Kick­Off.

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