TotalEnergies CAF Champions League second preliminary round gets underway on Friday


The first legs of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League second preliminary round resume on Friday, as clubs gear themselves up to fight for a place in the group stages of Africa’s premier club competition.

Last season’s edition of the competition drew a lot of attention, both across the continent and globally thanks to the highly competitive and ever-growing standard of the competition. 

Taking a look at the fixtures taking place this weekend, 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns kick things off with a trip to Burundi to face Bumamuru FC in the only fixture scheduled for Friday. 

A feast of African football awaits on Saturday with a number of fixtures lined-up across the continent. 

The two giants of Tanzanian football are away from home in the first round with Simba AC heading to Zambia to face Power Dynamos while their rivals and last season’s TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup runners-up, Young Africans travel to Sudan to face Al-Merrikh.

In Tunisia, Etoile Sportive du Sahel play host to Morocco’s AS FAR in a tough north African duel. 

On Sunday, 2013 runners-up, Orlando Pirates travel to neighboring country, Botswana to face Jwaneng Galaxy in what could be a tricky encounter for the South Africans against a spirited Galaxy side out to cause an upset.

Former champions and last season’s runners-up, Wydad Athletic Club travel to Conakry, Guinea to face Hafia FC, who will be looking at getting a result at home before travelling up north. 

In Libya, Al Ahly Benghazi welcome Ivorian powerhouse, Asec Mimosas who are looking at reclaiming their number one spot on the continent after last lifting the continental title in 1998. 

The first leg rounds of the second preliminary stage concludes with an interesting tie between current champions, Al Ahly, who will be fresh from the TotalEnergies CAF Super Cup to face Saint George in Ethiopia. 

TotalEnergies CAF Champions league Fixtures:

Friday, 15 September

Bumamuru FC vs Mamelodi Sundowns          13h00 GMT

Saturday, 16 September

Al-Merrikh vs Young Africans                          13h00 GMT

Power Dynamos vs Simba AC                         13h00 GMT

ES Sahel vs AS Far                                           15h00 GMT

Real Bamako vs Nouadhibou                          16h00 GMT

Sunday, 17 September                                  

UD Songo vs Petro de Luanda                         13h00 GMT

Big Bullets vs TP Mazembe                             13h00 GMT

Jwaneng Galaxy vs Orlando Pirates                13h00 GMT

APR vs Pyramids FC                                         13h00 GMT

Primero de Agosto vs Al-Hilal                         15h00 GMT

Medeama vs Horoya                                       15h00 GMT

Douanes vs ES Tunis                                        16h00 GMT

Bo Rangers vs CR Belouizdad                          16h00 GMT

Hafia vs Wydad                                               16h00 GMT

Al-Ahly Benghazi vs Asec Mimosas                 17h00 GMT

Saint George vs Al Ahly                                   17h00 GMT