Nigeria’s Enyimba have been drawn in Group A of the group stage of this year’s CAF Confederation Cup.
The draw made at the CAF headquarters in Cairo Egypt Monday, pitched the Peoples Elephants against perennial rivals Orlando Pirates of South Africa. Rivalry between the Rainbow Nation and Nigeria both at the club levels and national team levels is legendary.
Other teams in the Group include Entente Setif of Algeria and Al Ahly Benghazi of Libya. It fair to say not member of the Group is a novice to continental battles, an indication that the competition will be full of fireworks.
Enyimba and Setif have won the CAF Champions League twice each and Pirates once while Benghazi did well to reach the last 16 as they cannot play at home for security reasons. Enyimba who started off in the CAF Champions league crashed out of that level and stepped down to the Confederation Cup where they battled Rivers United in the playoff decided Sunday in Port Harcout.
Title-holders Renaissance Berkane of Morocco are in Group B with JS Kabylie of Algeria, Coton Sport of Cameroon and NAPSA Stars of Zambia.
Berkane edged Pyramids of Egypt 1-0 in the 2020 final and hope to become the first of five Moroccan winners of the competition to successfully defend the title.
There will be two Tunisian teams in Group C provided Etoile Sahel get past Young Buffaloes of eSwatini in a delayed second leg having established a 2-1 aggregate lead in the southern African kingdom.
The winners will join record three-time Confederation Cup winners CS Sfaxien of Tunisia and two West African contenders, Salitas of Burkina Faso and ASC Jaraaf of Senegal.
Raja Casablanca of Morocco and Pyramids are in Group D with Nkana of Zambia, who have never lost at home in 64 CAF matches, and the winners between Namungo of Tanzania and Primeiro Agosto of Angola.
The first group matches are set for Wednesday, March 10 and the last for Wednesday, April 28 with section winners and runners-up advancing to the quarter-finals.
Group A: Enyimba (NGR), Entente Setif (ALG), Orlando Pirates (RSA), Al Ahly Benghazi (LBA)
Group B: Renaissance Berkane (MAR, holders), JS Kabylie (ALG), Coton Sport (CMR), NAPSA Stars (ZAM)
Group C: Etoile Sahel (TUN) or Young Buffaloes (ESW), CS Sfaxien (TUN), Salitas (BUR), ASC Jaraaf (SEN)
Group D: Raja Casablanca (MAR), Pyramids (EGY), Nkana (ZAM), Namungo (TAN) or Primeiro Agosto (ANG)
Matchdays: March 10, 17, April 4, 11, 21, 28