Tuesday could prove pivotal for both Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates in their bid to progress in the African Champions League but both face tough away games in their quest to advance to the quarterfinals. Unbeaten Pirates are at holders Esperance of Tunisia‚ kick off at 3pm SA time‚ having just arrived in north Africa after the rigours of Saturday’s derby against Kaizer Chiefs. Sundowns play later‚ (at 6pm)‚ against ASEC Abidjan in the Ivory Coast capital where they have had several days of acclimatisation in steamy tropical heat. Sundowns were comfortable 3-1 winners over the 1998 champions at Loftus Versfeld 10 days ago and have since scored another three when they beat Black Leopards last Wednesday. But the Brazilians have struggled on the road in West Africa‚ having already lost in Group A in Nigeria to Lobi Stars and let in six goals the last time they were in Abidjan in 2000. Sundowns’s last two group games were at home and delivered desired outcomes‚ handing them six po...

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