Simba, Yanga to learn CAF Champions League Group stage opponents

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The official draw for the Group Stages of the CAF Champions League and  Confederation Cup will be conducted today  in Johannesburg, South Africa. For the first time in history, Tanzania has two representatives at the CAF Champions League group stage, Simba and Young Africans.

Sixteen teams including the two Tanzanian giants made it to the lucrative CAF Champions League Group stage.  They are Al Ahly SC (Egypt) Al Hilal (Sudan), Asec Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire), CR Belouizdad (Algeria), ES Sahel (Tunisia), Esperance (Tunisia), FC Nouadhibou (Mauritania), Jwaneng Galaxy (Botswana), Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa), Medeama SC (Ghana), Petro de Luanda (Angola), Pyramids (Egypt),TP Mazembe (DR Congo) and Wydad AC (Morocco).

The group stage draw will divide the 16 teams into four groups of four teams each. The teams will be split into four seeding pots based on  their performances in the CAF competitions for the previous five seasons. Each group will be made up of one team each from Pot 1, Pot 2, Pot 3 and Pot 4.

CAF will confirm the seedings and make-up of the pots on the morning of the draw, but — based on CAF Club ranking for the 2023–24 season — here’s what to expect.

Pot 1 will consist of the holders Al Ahly, Wydad Casablanca,, Esperance and Mamelodi Sundowns. Simba are in pot 2 together with CR Belouizdad, Pyramids and Petro de Luanda.

Young Africans are joined by  Al Hilal, TP Mazembe and ASEC Mimosas in Pot 3. Etoile Sahel, 

Jwaneng Galaxy, debutants FC Nouadhibou and Medeama fill up Pot 4.

Teams from the same country can be drawn against each other in the group stage as long as they are in separate pots. This means Simba and Young Africans could be drawn in the same group.

The full fixture schedule will be announced after the draw has concluded, with the first set of games played across Friday, November 24 and Sunday, November 26.

The Group stage will be played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group will advance to the quarter-finals of the knockout stage.

The quarter final stage is primed for March 29-31 and April 5-7. The semi finals are scheduled between April 19-21 and April 26-28.

The final will be played in a two-legged format between May 17-19 and May 24-26.

In the draw for Confederation Cup will be, Abo Selim, (Libya), Al Hilal Benghazi (Libya), APC Lobito (Angola), Club Africain (Tunisia), Diables Noirs (Congo), Dreams FC (Ghana), Future FC (Egypt), RS Berkane (Morocco), Sagrada Esperanca (Angola), Sekhukhune United (South Africa), Stade Malien (Mali), SuperSport United (South Africa), SOAR (Guinea), Rivers United (Nigeria) USM Alger (Algeria), Zamalek (Egypt)

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