Swaziland police football team Royal Leopards will be looking to make history by becoming the first team from the country to qualify for the quarter-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Royal Leopards travel to Stade Tata Raphael in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa, where Muhammad Ali reclaimed his world title from George Foreman back in 1974. The fight known as ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ is arguably the most famous fight in the history of the sport.
And at the same 30,000-seat venue this Sunday, Leopards defend a 1-0 first-leg lead over Congolese AS Vita Club, the strong favourites to win the last-16 tie.
No Swazi club has advanced beyond this stage of the second-tier African club competition, but Leopards coach Sifiso Ntibane says the intimidating Kinshasa venue holds no fears for him or his side.
“We are prepared for any situation,” the former Swaziland winger told AFP, ahead of the clash with the 2014 CAF Champions League runners-up.
“My boys are ready for war. They have been to hostile venues before and know what to expect.”
The unfancied Leopards are composed entirely of full-time police policemen, which makes their achieve,ent all the more impressive.
Whether the encounter will match the drama of the Ali-Foreman tie remains to be seen.