Tension builds ahead of CAF club draws

Tension builds ahead of CAF club draws
Oluwafemi Junior Ajayi of Al Ahly wins header against Tebogo Langerman of Sundowns during the 2018/19 CAF Champions League football match between Al Ahly and Sundowns at Borg El Arab, Alexandia, Egypt on 13 April 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Oct 08, 2019. 14:00

The groups for the CAF Champions League and the playoff round ties for the CAF Confederation Cup will be revealed tomorrow evening when the Confederation of African Football holds a glittering draw in Egypt.

This event will take place at the Hilton Pyramids Resort, 6th October City just outside of Cairo. The 16 teams which have progressed into the group phase of the Champions League are arranged into pots according to their ranking (based on performances in CAF competitions in recent years), with one team drawn from each of the four divisions and placed into a group (four groups of four teams each).

In the Confederation Cup, the 16 teams which have progressed through the first two preliminary rounds will be paired against a team which lost in the second preliminary round of the Champions League. Again a seeding system is derived using CAF rankings.

However, the exact line-up for each draw is yet to be 100 percent finalised as we wait on CAF’s decision in regards to the Champions League last 32 tie between Zamalek (Egypt) and Generation Foot (Senegal).

The Senegalese team held a 2-1 lead from the first leg of their tie against the White Knights, but refused to fulfil the return game on the final weekend of September when CAF, at late notice, shifted the date and venue of the return game.

This led to a 3-0 win being awarded to Zamalek, who have been bracketed into the Champions League draw as a result, but CAF said they are investigating the issue, with Generation Foot threatening to take the issue to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Regardless, the draw promises to be an engrossing affair, as we find out the fate of continental heavyweights such as current Champions League title holders Esperance de Tunis, Egyptian giants Zamalek and DR Congo’s imperious TP Mazembe, right down to a club like TS Galaxy, a second-tier South African side which has enjoyed a fairytale run into the playoff round of the Confederation Cup and stand just 180 minutes away from the lucrative group stages.

Champions League group stage draw

Sixteen first round winners:

Esperance de Tunis (Tunisia)

TP Mazembe (DR Congo)

Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)

Al Ahly (Egypt)

Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)

Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

Raja Casablanca (Morocco)

USM Alger (Algeria)

Zesco United (Zambia)

AS Vita (DR Congo)

Al Hilal (Sudan)

Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)

FC Platinum (Zimbabwe)

Petro de Luanda (Angola)

JS Kabylie (Algeria)

Zamalek (Egypt) / Generation Foot (Senegal)

Confederation Cup playoff draw

Confederation Cup teams – 16 winners from the first round:

RS Berkane (Morocco)

Al Masry (Egypt)

Hassania Agadir (Morocco)

Zanaco (Zambia)

Enugu Rangers (Nigeria)

Djoliba (Mali)

Paradou AC (Algeria)

ESAE (Benin)

DC Motema Pembe (DR Congo)

San Pedro (Ivory Coast)

Pyramids (Egypt)

Bandari (Kenya)

Bidvest Wits (South Africa)

TS Galaxy (South Africa)

Triangle United (Zimbabwe)

Proline (Uganda)

Champions League teams – 16 losers from the first round:

Horoya (Guinea)

Enyimba (Nigeria)

Gor Mahia (Kenya)

KCCA (Uganda)

Asante Kotoko (Ghana)

UD Songo (Mozambique)

Young Africans (Tanzania)

Elect Sport (Chad)

Cano Sport (Equatorial Guinea)

Al Nasr (Libya)

Fosa Juniors (Madagascar)

FC Nouadhibou (Mauritania)

Cote d’Or (Seychelles)

ASC Kara (Togo)

Green Eagles (Zambia)

Zamalek (Egypt) / Generation Foot (Senegal)

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