Orlando Pirates averted the large weapons within the Caf Confederation Cup group stage however had been nonetheless handed a comparatively robust grouping throughout a draw carried out within the Egyptian capital Cairo on Monday.
Pirates will make two exacting journeys to the north of the continent and one other robust one to the west after the draw pitted them in Group A towards ES Setif of Algeria‚ Ahli Benghazi of Libya and Nigerian powerhouses Enyimba.
The Buccaneers romped into the group phases with a Four-Zero combination win over Botswana’s Jwaneng Galaxy within the final playoff spherical of matches on the weekend.
It’s a group teeming with golf equipment with continental status with former African champions as Enyimba‚ Setif and Pirates have 5 Caf Champions League crowns between them‚ whereas Ahly Benghazi are anticipated to be the whipping boys of the group.
The group stage of the Confederation Cup is scheduled to start between March 10 and April 28‚ whereas the ultimate takes place on July 10.
Kick-off occasions and match venues shall be launched by event organisers sooner or later.
The Buccaneers discover themselves again within the competitors that they reached the finals of six years in the past once they misplaced 2-1 on combination to Tunisian heavyweights Etoile du Sahel.
Pirates’ south African neighbours and debutants Napsa Stars of Zambia will do battle with title-holders Berkane from Morocco‚ Coton Sport from Cameroon and Algeria’s JS Kabylie in Group B.
Tunisian giants CS Sfaxien‚ Salitas FC of Burkina Faso and Senegalese outfit ASC Les Jaraaf are in Group C and shall be joined by both Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) or Younger Buffaloes (Eswatini).
One other Zambian facet‚ Nkana FC‚ had been grouped within the final pool in Group D towards Raja Casablanca from Morocco‚ Egypt’s Pyramids FC and both Namungo FC from Tanzania or Angola’s Primeiro de Agosto.
Pirates first journey shall be to the Stade eight Mai in Algeria for a confrontation with ES Setif earlier than returning house to resume the South Africa-Nigeria rivalry once they host Enyimba.
Josef Zinnbauer’s males will then return to north Africa to face Ahly‚ who will in all probability play this match at a impartial venue on account of safety issues in Libya‚ earlier than internet hosting the Benghazi outfit in back-to-back clashes.
They may conclude the group stage marketing campaign with a house encounter towards ES Setif earlier than travelling to Algeria.
Orlando Pirates (RSA)‚ Enyimba FC (Nigeria)‚ ES Setif (Algeria)‚ Ahli Benghazi (Libya)
Berkane (Morocco)‚ JS Kabylie (Algeria)‚ Coton Sport (Cameroon)‚ NAPSA Stars (Zambia)
Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) / Younger Buffaloes (Eswatini) / Younger Buffaloes (Eswatini)‚ CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)‚ Salitas FC (Burkina Faso)‚ ASC Les Jaraaf (Senegal)
Raja (Morocco)‚ Pyramids FC (Egypt)‚ Nkana FC (Zambia)‚ Namungo FC (Tanzania) / Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)