Busy Xmas in Champions League

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Harare - There will be little time for holidaying this festive season for football teams battling for honours in the Confederation of African Football Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Nine teams from Southern Africa region will be vying for a place in the Champions League group stage as the second preliminary round first legs will be on December 22 and 23 this year, and return fixtures are scheduled for January 5-6, 2021.

Aggregate winners from the 16 matches lined up in the second preliminaries qualify for the group stage. Group stage while losers will play in the CAF Confederation Cup play-offs, in which eight clubs from Southern Africa are also participating.

After receiving a bye in the first preliminary, the region’s biggest prospect, Mamelodi Sundowns, faces fellow Southern African campaigners Jwaneng Galaxy of Botswana for the right to play in the Champions League group stages.

Zimbabwe’s champions FC Platinum also have Southern African opposition in the form of Tanzania’s Simba; while Young Buffaloes of eSwatini take on AS Vita Club of the DR Congo. Another pair of teams from the region will also seek to cancel each other out when Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) play Primeiro de Agosto (Angola). And that is not all as far as regional derby’s go as Zambia’s Nkana face-off against Petro Atletico of Angola.

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