Pirates vs Raja Casablanca XIs

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Orlando Pirates face the insurmountable task of handing Moroccan champions Raja Casablanca their first defeat in the Caf Confederation Cup when the two sides clash at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon [15h00].

On the road to the quarterfinals, Raja proved their pedigree in continental football when they finished top of Group D after winning all their six matches.

Pirates will be hoping to get a convincing win at home before they travel to Casablanca next weekend.

The last time the two clubs crossed swords was in the group stage of the 1997 Caf Champions League. The Green Eagles, as Raja are affectionately known, went on to be crowned champions that season.

They have had a decent run in the Botola Pro League and are currently second behind arch-rivals Wydad Athletic Club.

Pirates XI: Sandilands; Hlatshwayo, Nyauza, Sam, Jooste, Ndlovu, Motshwari, Mabaso, Makaringe, Pule, Hotto

Subs: Ofori, Maela, Mako, Monare, Dlamini, Mntambo, Zungu, Lorch, Mhango.

Raja XI: Zniti, Ngoma, Benhalib, Haddad, Arjoune, Wardi, Jbira, Rahimi, Hadhoudi, Ngita, Madkour

By Mthokozisi Dube

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