Orlando Pirates v African Stars: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news & preview

Orlando Pirates will welcome African Stars in the 2018/19 Caf Champions League first round first-leg match at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

The Soweto giants secured a convincing 8-2 aggregate victory against Light Stars of Seychelles in the preliminary round earlier this month.

A victory on aggregate over Namibian champions African Stars will see the 1995 Champions League winners advance to the group stages of the continent tournament.

Game Orlando Pirates v African Stars
Date Saturday, December 15
Time 18:00 SA Time

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch

The match will be live on SS4.. However, You can also catch live updates on Goal.com

Live Match Centre TV Channel
Goal.com SS4

Squads & Team News

Milutin Sredojevic, Orlando Pirates, August 2018

Serbian coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic, who reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2006 with Pirates, will be banking on their current form at home and his experienced players.

The Buccaneers are undefeated in their last seven matches at home in all competitions including the 5-1 victory over Light Stars last month.

Zambia internationals Justin Shonga, Augustine Mulenga and veteran midfield maestro Mpho Makola have been in fine form both in continental and domestic competitions.

Zimbabwean defender Marshall Munetsi is likely to return to the Bucs starting line-up after missing the recent PSL clash due to suspension.

Probable Pirates line-up: Mabokgwane, Mabaso, Munetsi, Jele, Maela, Mntambo, Makola, Mulenga, Lorch, Pule, Shonga.

Meanwhile, African Stars had to overcome Volcan Club of Comoros 2-1 on aggregate in the preliminary round earlier this month as they made their debut in the tournament.

The Windhoek-based giants are hoping to cause an upset by eliminating one of the biggest clubs in the continent and become the first Namibian club to reach the group stages.

They have a new coach in Bobby Samaria, who replaced Robert Nauseb on Monday following the Samba Boys' embarrassing 5-1 defeat to their local rivals Black Africa last weekend.

Stars will have to improve their poor away record if they are to stand a chance of advancing to the next round.

Ronald Ketjijere, Namibia

The four-time Namibian Premier League champions are winless in their last three matches on the road in all competitions having registered two defeats and a draw against Volcan Club.

Samaria will look to the team's inspirational captain and midfielder Ronald Ketjijere and Zimbabwean marksman Chrispen Mbewe.

Match Preview

This will be the first meeting between Pirates and African Stars in continental competitions.

However, the two teams did clash in an unofficial match at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia in August 2016.

Pirates succumbed to an 8-7 penalty shootout defeat to Stars following a 0-0 draw in the Dr Hage Geingob Cup third-place play-off match.