Friday Nov 27, 2020. 11:00
The 2020-21 CAF Champions League season gets underway on the same weekend that the 2019-20 edition reaches its conclusion.
While all eyes will be focused on Cairo on Friday night for the 2019-20 final between Al Ahly and Zamalek, a further 22 Champions League matches will take place across the African continent from 27 to 29 November as the 2020-21 preliminary round gets underway.
There are plenty of heavyweights in action, including South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs, whose coach Gavin Hunt desperately needs a strong result away to Cameroon debutants PWD Bamenda on Sunday following a stuttering start to their domestic campaign.
The same day, the Nigerian duo of Plateau United and Enyimba will face challenging matches against Tanzanian giants Simba (home) and Rahimo of Burkina Faso (away) respectively.
Fatai Osho, coach of Enyimba, has promised that his team will not be overconfident against their opponents.
“Rahimo FC of Burkina Faso is a very good side and also a creative ball-playing team. Despite the fact that we won by five goals when we met last season, it’s still enough to say the game will be easy but we will work hard to ensure that we make the fans and Nigerians proud,” Osho told Brila.
Other big names in action include Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien, who will be away to Mlandege of Zanzibar; Sudanese sides Al Merrikh and Al Hilal have tough away matches against AS Otoho and Vipers in the Congo and Uganda respectively; while Ghana’s Asante Kotoko will head to Mauritania to face FC Nouadhibou.
The return leg matches will be played on the weekend of 4-6 December, with the 22 aggregate winners advancing to join 10 clubs (which received byes) in the first round.
CAF Champions League fixtures, 27-29 November
Preliminary round, first leg
Friday 27 November
FC Nouadhibou v Asante Kotoko
Saturday 28 November
Al Ahly Benghazi v Mekelle 70 Enderta
Forest Rangers v AS Bouengiudi
Jwangeng Galaxy v US Zilimadjou
Young Buffaloes v Le Messager Ngozi
Buffles de Borgou v MC Alger
Mlandege v CS Sfaxien
Costa do Sol v FC Platinum
APR v Gor Mahia
Sunday 29 November
Gazelle v GR-SIAF
PWD Bamenda v Kaizer Chiefs
Bantu v Nkana
AS Otoho v Al Merrikh
Akonangui v Petro de Luanda
Plateau United v Simba
AS SONIDEP v Mogadishu City
CR Belouizdad v Al Nasr
Rahimo v Enyimba
RC Abidjan v ASKO Kara
Ashanti de Siguiri v Stade Malien
Gambia Armed Forces v Teungueth