Wits are yet to make it into the group stages of the competition. The Clever Boys had the misfortune of meeting Egyptian giants, Al Ahly in the opening round of last season’s competition who went on to become eventual finalists against Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco.
Wits have no choice but to do well at the continental level with their league title already out of their hands as they languish at the bottom half of the log after a poor start to the season.
Speaking after his side’s poor showing last night, Head Coach Gavin Hunt, said they will have to quickly put the loss behind them and focus on the Islanders.
“A very disappointing result at home but nonetheless, we have to pick ourselves up and focus on another important fixture. There is no time to sit and moan because we want to do well on the continent. We don’t really know much about them (Pamplemousses) and that is why we need to make sure that we are well prepared on our side,” said Hunt.
Asked on whether there will be drastic changes to the team, Hunt was adamant that he would keep the same squad with a possibility of making at least two changes
With a number of his trusted players not really giving him the desired output this season, Hunt will draw solace from the fact that his new signee, James Keen has been registered for the competition and is eligible to play against Mauritians.
Keen will most likely partner with former Orlando Pirates striker, Lehlononolo Majoro upfront to add the firepower upfront which has been missing quite a lot for the Clever Boys.
A positive result for the South Africans will be a serious confidence booster both domestically as well as on the continental front.
The return leg will next weekend when Wits travel to Belle Vue hoping to have at least registered a home victory.
South Africa’s other representative, Mamelodi Sundowns, have drawn a bye at the prelims and await for the winner between Rayon Sport of Rwanda or Burundi’s Lydia Ludic to play for a place in the group stages.
Saturday, 10 February 2018
CNaPs Sport (Madagascar) vs KCCA (Uganda)
Zanaco (Zambia) vs Armed Forces (Gambia)
Stade Malien (Mali) vs Williamsville AC (Cote d’Ivoire)
RC Kadiogo (Burkina Faso) vs Mounana (Gabon)
AS FAN (Niger) vs Horoya (Guinea)
Generation Foot (Senegal) vs Makkassa (Egypt)
Young Africans (Tanzania) vs Saint Louis (Seychelles)
Township Rollers (Botswana) vs El Merreikh (Sudan)
Gor Mahia (Kenya) vs Leones Vegatarianos (Equatorial Guinea)
Concorde (Mauritania) vs Esperance (Tunisia)
AC Leopards (Congo) vs AS Port (Togo)
JKU (Zanzibar) vs Zesco (Zambia)
Difaa El Jadida (Morocco) vs Benfica (Guinea Bissau)
Bidvest (South Africa) vs Pamplemousses (Mauritius)
Rayon Sports (Rwanda) vs Lydia Academic (Burundi)
Sunday, 11 February 2018
Saint George (Ethiopia) vs Al Salam Wau (South Sudan)
Bantu (Lesotho) vs Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland)
El Tahadi (Libya) vs Aduana (Ghana)
ES Setif (Algeria) vs Olympic de Bangui (Central African Republic)
AS Real (Mali) vs MFM (Nigeria)
AS Otoho (Congo) vs MC Alger (Algeria)
Plateau United (Nigeria) vs Eding Sport (Cameroon)
LISCR (Liberia) vs El Hilal (Sudan)
Buffles (Benin) vs ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire)
Ngaya (Comoros) vs UD Songo (Mozambique)
AS Vita (DR Congo) vs Be Forward (Malawi)
Primeiro de Agosto (Angola) vs FC Platinum (Zimbabwe)