Gor Mahia, Al Hilal carry Cecafa hopes in Confederations Cup
Kenyan League champions Gor Mahia FC and Al Hilal (Sudan) will carry the hopes for the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) when the group stages of the CAf Confederations Cup.
The draws for the group stage were carried out in Cairo, Egypt on Monday. The group stage will kick-off February 1st.
In the draws holders Raja Club Athletic have been drawn in the same group with RS Berkane and Hassania Agadir in Group A for the group phase of the Total CAF Confederation Cup 2019.
The three Moroccan sides unexpectedly found themselves in the same group with Congo Brazzaville League champions AS Otoho who ejected Uganda’s KCCA FC on Sunday.
The outcome serves a replica of the 2012 edition of the second-tier continental club championship when three Sudanese team; Al Merreikh, Al Hilal and Ahly Shendi were in the same group. The other team was Interclube of Angola.
It was the highlight of the draw held on Monday at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Former Cameroon forward Patrick Mboma assisted the draw process conducted by CAF Deputy General Secretary Anthony Baffoe.
Whilst Group A had three teams from the same country, it was a near similar situation in Group B and Group C, with two teams from the same countries.
Tunisian duo Etoile du Sahel and CS Sfaxien are in Group B alongside Enugu Rangers of Nigeria and surprise packets, Salitas, from Burkina Faso.
In Group C, Zambia has two clubs – Nkana and Zesco, with Asante Kotoko (Ghana) and Hilal (Sudan) the other teams. For Kotoko and Hilal, they have old scores to settle after being in the same group for the maiden edition of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2004.
Five-time African champion Zamalek of Egypt leads the line-up in Group B. The rest are Kenyan champions Gor Mahia, Petro Atletico of Angola and Algeria’s NA Hussein Dey.
Group A – Hassania Agadir (Morocco), AS Otoho (Congo), RS Berkane (Morocco), Raja (Morocco)
Group B – Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Rangers (Nigeria), Salitas (Burkina Faso), CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
Group C – Zesco (Zambia), Al Hilal (Sudan), Asante Kotoko (Ghana), Nkana (Zambia)
Group D – Gor Mahia (Kenya), NA Hussein Dey (Algeria), Petro Atletico (Angola), Zamalek (Egypt)