FC Platinum vs. Orlando Pirates: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news & preview

FC Platinum will kick-off their 2018/19 Caf Champions League Group B campaign against Orlando Pirates on Saturday.

The Zimbabwean Premier Soccer League (ZPSL) champions are hoping to make a huge impact in their maiden appearance in the group stage of the continental competition.

They reached this stage after eliminating CNaPS Sport of Madagascar and Congo-Brazzaville's AS Otoho in the qualifying rounds.

Game FC Platinum v Orlando Pirates
Date Saturday, January 12
Time 15:00 SA Time

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch

In South Africa, the game will be beamed live on SS4 and you can also catch live updates on Goal.com

Live Match Centre TV Channel
Goal.com None

Squad & Team News

Norman Mapeza, FC Platinum

The Platinum Boys are undefeated in this season's tournament having recorded three draws and one victory.

They will host Pirates at the Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo as their usual home ground Mandava Stadium in Zvishavane does not meet minimum requirements for this Champions League match.

Platinum head coach Norman Mapeza, who turned out for former PSL side Ajax Cape Town during his playing days, could look to Mkhokheli Dube.

The experienced striker, former Highlanders FC captain Rahman Kutsanzira and forward Ali Sadiki are reportedly likely to start up front in a three-man attack.

Milutin Sredojevic, Orlando Pirates, August 2018

Meanwhile, Pirates are heading into this encounter as favourites having eased past Light Stars of Seychelles in the preliminary round, before edging out Namibian champions Africa Stars in the first round.

The 2017/18 PSL runners-up are also unbeaten in the competition having registered three victories and one draw.

Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic, who is keen to ensure that the 1995 winners mount a serious challenge for this season's Champions League title, will be targeting a winning start in Group B.

The Serbian coach is expected to unleash his speedy forwards Vincent Pule, Thembinkosi Lorch, Augustine Mulenga and Justin Shonga, who have been key to the team's hopes of winning a trophy this season.

In-form Zimbabwean forward Kudakwashe Mahachi is an option, while experienced defender Happy Jele, who helped Bucs reach the 2013 Champions League final, is set to lead the team.

Match Preview

This will be the first meeting between Platinum and Pirates.

However, Pirates will be returning to Zimbabwe for the first time in the Champions League since 1997.

Bucs edged out Platinum's ZPSL rivals CAPS United 2-1 at the National Sports Stadium in Harare in a second round first-leg encounter.

They went on to win the tie 3-1 on aggregate.