Zanaco draws tough Al Ahly in CAF Champions league

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Zanaco 2017 CAF Champions group-stage ambitions face a big test following draws made in Cairo on Wednesday.

The Bankers have been drawn in Group D against record 8-time holders Al Ahly of Egypt and 1992 winners Wydad Casablanca from Morocco.

The 2008 Champions League runners-up Coton Sport of Cameroon complete Group D.

Zanaco will be away on match-day-one in Cairo to play Al Ahly first on May 13.

They will later  host Wydad on May 23 in Lusaka before a doubleheader against Coton at home on June 3 and away in Cameroon on June 21 on Garoua.

Al Ahly will then visit Zanaco on July 1 before Mumamba Numba’s side travels to Casablanca on July 9.

The top two finishers will advance to the quarterfinals in September where they will play their opponents from Group C.

Group C consists of defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns, two-time winners Esperance, St George of Ethiopia, DR Congo side AS Vita who were champions in 1973 and runners-up in 2014.

Meanwhile, Zesco United’s Confederation Cup group stage draw will see them play Smouha of Egypt, Angolan side RC Libolo from Angola and Al Hilal Obied of Sudan.

Smouha will make their debut visit to Zambia on May 13 before Zesco face Al Hilal Obeid away on May 23.

Zesco will then have back-to-back fixtures against Libolo on June 3 in Ndola and away on June 21.

A trip to  Alexandria beckons for Zesco on July 1 to play Smouha and Zlatko Krmpotic’s side will close with a home game in Ndola on July 9 against Al Hilal Obeid.

Number one from Group C will face number 2 from Group D and vice-versa in September’s quarterfinals.

Defending CAF Confederation Cup champions TP Mazembe of DR Congo, CF Mounana from Gabon, Guinean side Horoya and South African PSL club SuperSport United comprise Group D

         

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