(AFP) Holders Raja Club Athletic was drawn in the same group with fellows RS Berkane and Hassania Agadir in Group A for the group phase of the Total CAF Confederation Cup 2019.
The trio unexpectedly found themselves in the same group with Congolese champions, AS Otoho completing the quartet. The outcome serves a replica of the 2012 edition of the second-tier continental club championship when three Sudanese team; Al Merreikh, Al Hilal and Ahly Shendi were in the same group. The other team was Interclube of Angola.
It was the highlight of the draw held on Monday at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Former Cameroon forward Patrick Mboma assisted the draw process conducted by CAF Deputy General Secretary Anthony Baffoe.
Whilst Group A had three teams from the same country, it was a near similar situation in Group B and Group C, with two teams from the same countries.
Tunisian duo Etoile du Sahel and CS Sfaxien are in Group B alongside Enugu Rangers of Nigeria and surprise packets, Salitas, from Burkina Faso.
In Group C, Zambia has two clubs – Nkana and Zesco, with Asante Kotoko (Ghana) and Hilal (Sudan) the other teams. For Kotoko and Hilal, they have old scores to settle after being in the same group for the maiden edition of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2004.
Five-time African champion Zamalek of Egypt leads the line-up in Group B. The rest are Kenyan champions Gor Mahia, Petro Atletico of Angola and Algeria’s NA Hussein Dey.
Below are the details of the draw;
Group A – Hassania Agadir (Morocco), AS Otoho (Congo), RS Berkane (Morocco), Raja (Morocco)
Group B – Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Rangers (Nigeria), Salitas (Burkina Faso), CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
Group C – Zesco (Zambia), Al Hilal (Sudan), Asante Kotoko (Ghana), Nkana (Zambia)
Group D – Gor Mahia (Kenya), NA Hussein Dey (Algeria), Petro Atletico (Angola), Zamalek (Egypt)
(BBC Sports) Egyptian club Zamalek, one of the strongest contenders for the 2018/2019 African Confederation Cup campaign, were paired with Morocco's Ittihad Tanger on Friday in the play-offs draw in Cairo.
Ittihad are among 15 teams who drop into the Confederation Cup from the African Champions League, the premier African club competition.
Zamalek sounded a warning in the African equivalent of the Europa League when they slammed seven goals past Chadian side ASCOT in the qualifier.
Tunisian sides CS Sfaxien and Etoile du Sahel and holders Raja Casablanca of Morocco are three other clubs in the play-offs with outstanding pedigrees.
Record three-time Confederation Cup winners Sfaxien drew Ugandan side Vipers SC and are favourites to win the tie and secure a place in the 16-team group phase.
Raja, whose 11 victories and 34 goals last season were records for a Confederation Cup-winning team, were paired with minnows African Stars from Namibia.
Etoile, twice winners of the Confederation Cup, received a bye to the group draw as they had the highest ranking among the 16 survivors after Confederation Cup qualifying.
Asante Kotoko of Ghana and Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa will play away first.
Kotoko visit Cameroonian club and experienced African campaigners Coton Sport while Chiefs travel to Zambian outfit Zesco United.
African Confederation Cup play-offs draw
Gor Mahia (KEN) v New Star (CMR)
Al Ahly Benghazi (LBA) v NA Hussein Dey (ALG)
Al Hilal (SUD) v Mukura Victory (RWA)
Nkana (ZAM) v FC San Pedro (CIV)
Coton Sport (CMR) v Asante Kotoko (GHA)
Zesco Utd (ZAM) v Kaizer Chiefs (RSA)
Stade Malien (MLI) v Petro Atletico (ANG)
Raja Casablanca (MAR, holders) v African Stars (NAM)
Renaissance Berkane (MAR) v ASC Jaraaf (SEN)
CS Sfaxien (TUN) v Vipers SC (UGA)
Zamalek (EGY) v Ittihad Tanger (MAR)
Kampala Capital City Authority (UGA) v AS Otoho (CGO)
Bantu (LES) v Enugu Rangers (NGR)
Al Nasr (LBA) v Salitas (BUR)
Jimma Aba Jifar (ETH) v Hassania Agadir (MAR)
Winners qualify for group phase
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