Pretoria giants have to move

Both SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns will lose home ground advantage when they feature in the African Champions League and African Confederations Cup competitions this weekend.

Both SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns will lose home ground advantage when they feature in the African Champions League and African Confederations Cup competitions this weekend.

The Pretoria clubs share Atteridgeville's Super Stadium as their home, but the ground is closed as the pitch is being re-grassed in time for it to be used as a training venue for the Fifa Confederations Cup that kicks off in June.

That competition also features Bafana Bafana, world champions Italy and the six continental champions.

United will play Kampala City Council in their Champions League second round, second leg clash at Milpark in Johannesburg at 8pm on Saturday night.

The Brazilians move their African Confederations Cup second round, second-leg tie against ASV Phoenix of Mauritius to the Pilditch Stadium down the road from the Super Stadium in Pretoria West.

Downs look to have an easy job, leading 3-0 from the away leg. They also have a new caretaker coach in veteran Ted Dumitru after Henri Michel quit last week when the club's supporters lost patience with him because of a string of poor results. Dumitru took Downs to the Champions League final in 2000, losing to Egyptian giants Al Ahly.

But he will not allow his players to relax as Downs spokesman Mahlatse Mphahlele explained: "We have a comfortable lead. But after the disappointment of losing in the Nedbank Cup in our last match, we owe it to our fans to produce a big win."

United coach Gavin Hunt has a tougher job. The PSL champions were beaten 2-1 in Kampala in the first leg. But Hunt is in a confident mood.

"I have no major injury worries and I reckon despite playing at Milpark, we will have the beating of Kampala," he said. "We wasted chances in the first leg and if we play to our strengths, we will be in business."

Ajax Cape Town travel to Zimbabwe this weekend for their Champions League second round, second leg showdown against Monomotapa. Ajax lead 3-2 from the first leg. - Sapa

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