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Orange Champions LeagueToday  APR vs TP Mazembe Curepipe Starlight vs Gaborone Utd Gunners vs Al Ahly Ismailia vs Stade Tamponnaise Super Sport Utd vs Ferroviario MaputoEsperance vs ASFA Yennenga Tiko Utd vs Heartland  Tomorrow  Africa Sports vs Al Hilal Djoliba vs ASC Linguere Raja Casablanca vs Petro AtleticoUnion Douala vs Entente Setif St Eloi Lupopo vs Dynamos Gazelle vs Al Merreikh APR will not apply the handbrakes when they lock horns with reigning African champions TP Mazembe in the second round of the Orange Champions League this afternoon at Amahoro Stadium.
WANTS HIS GUNS TO FRUSTRATE MAZEMBE: Erik Paske knows that today’s result will have a huge say in the side’s chances of reaching the next stage. (File photo)
WANTS HIS GUNS TO FRUSTRATE MAZEMBE: Erik Paske knows that today’s result will have a huge say in the side’s chances of reaching the next stage. (File photo)

Orange Champions League
Today  
APR vs TP Mazembe
Curepipe Starlight vs Gaborone Utd
Gunners vs Al Ahly
Ismailia vs Stade Tamponnaise
Super Sport Utd vs Ferroviario Maputo
Esperance vs ASFA Yennenga
Tiko Utd vs Heartland
  
Tomorrow  
Africa Sports vs Al Hilal
Djoliba vs ASC Linguere
Raja Casablanca vs Petro Atletico
Union Douala vs Entente Setif
St Eloi Lupopo vs Dynamos
Gazelle vs Al Merreikh

APR will not apply the handbrakes when they lock horns with reigning African champions TP Mazembe in the second round of the Orange Champions League this afternoon at Amahoro Stadium.

The army side is aware that anything short of a win will all but diminish their chances of making a debut appearance at the group stages of the lucrative tournament.

Despite conceding that Mazembe have one of the best attacks in the competition, with special mention going to Tresor Mputu, who was recently crowned local African player of the year, APR’s head coach Erik Paske reckons that his guns will approach the game with total confidence.

“We don’t need to be afraid of Mazembe. We should be confident and have the belief that we can upset them.”

“We have to make the most of our home advantage because in such competitions, home games count a lot,” the Dutch tactician stressed.

“Morale in the team is high and I hope everything will go as planned.”

In the build up to today’s tie, Mazembe team manager Frederick Kitenge who also owns Digital Congo Television stopped Mputu.

It is also reported that Mazembe refused to have dinner at their hotel (Top Tower) in fear of food poisoning and instead opted to have it at the DRC ambassador’s residence in Kiyovu.

The game will be handled by the South African trio of Daniel Bennett, Toco Malebo and Siwela Zakhele while Charles Masembe of Uganda is the match commissioner.

While Mazembe had a bye in the first round, APR qualified the hard way. The army side dislodged Angola’s Recreativo do Libolo on goal aggregates (3-2).

In the aftermath of their Africa Champions League victory, Mazembe have also gone on to win the CAF Africa Super Cup and were last week named Club of the Year at CAF’s annual awards in Ghana.

In other second round ties, Egyptian giants Al Ahly’s play Gunners FC in Harare, Heartland are away at Tiko United, who won the Cameroonian league title for the first time last season while Tunisia’s Club Africain host JS Kabylie.

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