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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

2016 CAF Champions League group stage draw

The Prize... The CAF Champions League trophy
The draw for the 2016 CAF Champions League group stage is complete. The draw includes South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns who were reinstated into the competition after the expulsion of AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

AS Vita eliminated Sundowns from the Champions League on away goals last month after a 2-2 aggregate draw. However, AS Vita have been disqualified by CAF for fielding an ineligible player, Idrissa Traore, in the second leg of the sides’ tie.

After Sundowns lost to AS Vita they dropped down into the CAF Confederation Cup where they were also eliminated on away goals by Ghana’s Medeama SC. But, the Brazilians have been given a second chance in Africa.

Sundowns have been drawn in a tough Group B alongside three former winners of the Champions League: Enyimba of Nigeria, Egypt’s Zamalek and ES Setif of Algeria.

Group A meanwhile will see Zambia’s Zesco United, Egyptian giants Al Ahly, Ivory Coast’s ASEC Mimosas and Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco battle it out.

The CAF Champions League group stages will begin on June 17.

Here is how Africa’s best will face-off:

Group A
Zesco United (Zambia)
Al Ahly (Egypt)
ASEC Mimosas (Ivory Coast)
Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)

Group B
Enyimba (Nigeria)
Zamalek (Egypt)
ES Setif (Algeria)
Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

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