CAF : Mamelodi Sundowns carry the hopes of South Africans in CAF
Mamelodi Sundowns are only two games away from qualifying to the group stages of the 2015 CAF Champions league.
With CAF Champions League now down to the last 16 teams, the only hope for South Africa is in the hands of Mamelodi Sundowns, who will be trying to emulate the heroics of Orlando Pirates in the 2013 edition. Mamelodi Sundowns brushed aside Chicken Inn the Preliminary Rounds by a 2-1 aggregate and went further to dispose of AC Leopard with 3 -1 in the first round of qualifier.
AC Leopard has in recent years suffered at the hands of South African teams with Orlando Pirates dishing the most pain as they have played four times but only managed to beat them once 1 -0 in DRC.
Mamelodi Sundowns will play against AS Vita Club of Congo. AS Vita is well known in South Africa after they made sure that Kaizer Chiefs participation in the last edition of the same competition came to the abrupt end. The first leg will be played way .
Kaizer Chiefs has yet again failed to make it to the second round of qualifier after they fell victims to Asec Mimosas 1 – 0. The first leg saw Ivory Coast side winning away 1- 0 and the second leg it was a stalemate 0 -0. The Preliminary rounds Chiefs played well beating Volcan Club 4 – 0 while the second leg was a walkover after Volcan failed to arrive even after several postponements.
While Zesco United are carrying the hopes of Zambia and will play away in Mali against Stade Malien in the first leg before hosting the West Africans in Ndola.
The Current Champions TP Mazembe have a date Wydad AC of Morocco and will play the first leg away.
Young Africans have a huge task of taking on Africa super house Al Ahly.
Nigerian Powerhouse Enyimba will host last year Super Cup losers Étoile du Sahel.
Al Merrikh from Sudan is another team that performed well in the previous edition will host ES Setif.
ASEC Mimosas will host Libya side Al Ahli Tripoli
While Zamalek will host MO Bejaia of Algeria.
The first leg matches will be played on the weekend of the 8th – 10th April while the return legs will be played between 19th – 20th April in both competitions.
The winners of the second round advance to the group stage, while the losers enter the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.
|AS Vita Club||Mamelodi Sundowns||8–10 Apr||19–20 Apr|
|Al-Merrikh||ES Sétif||8–10 Apr||19–20 Apr|
|Wydad Casablanca||TP Mazembe||8–10 Apr||19–20 Apr|
|Enyimba||Étoile du Sahel||8–10 Apr||19–20 Apr|
|Stade Malien||ZESCO United||8–10 Apr||19–20 Apr|
|Young Africans||Al-Ahly||8–10 Apr||19–20 Apr|
|ASEC Mimosas||Al-Ahli Tripoli||8–10 Apr||19–20 Apr|
|Zamalek||MO Béjaïa||8–10 Apr||19–20 Apr|