Saturday Aug 14, 2021. 12:00
Zesco United kickoff their CAF Champions League campaign with a preliminary round visit to Eswatini to play Royal Leopards.
The Zambian champions return to Eswatini for the first time since the 2018 CAF Champions League group stage where they beat Mbabane Swallows 3-0 away in Mbabane after a 1-1 draw in Ndola.
Winner will play either GD Sagrada Esperanca of Angola or Zimbabwean champions FC Platinum in the pre-group stage.
Meanwhile, Akonangui finally make their debut trip to Zambia after missing an opportunity to face Nkana in the 2020/2021 CAF Champions League second round when Petro Athletico of Angola knocked them out in the first round.
The Equatorial Guinea champions will host Zanaco in their preliminary round first leg fixture.
But the winner of that tie has a big second round test against seven-time Uganda champions Express or Sudan’s continental incumbent El Merrikh.
The preliminary round first leg matches will be played during the weekend of September 10-12 and the final legs will be staged during the dates of September 17-19.
Second round first leg fixtures will be played during the weekend of October 15-17 and the final legs will follow during the period of October 22-24.