Who are the teams that will face the SA sides in continental competitions?

10 November 2020 - 12:31
Kermit Romeo Erasmus of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates a goal with teammates during the DStv Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Kermit Romeo Erasmus of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates a goal with teammates during the DStv Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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The Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup competitions get under way across the continent in less than two weeks' time after a long delay due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

SA will be represented by former champions Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs in the Champions League while Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic will be playing in the Confederation Cup.

TimesLIVE takes a closer look at the little-known opposition of the SA teams in the early stages of this competition.

Mamelodi Sundowns

The Brazilians have a bye in the preliminary stages and will join the party in the first round where they will meet the winner of the match between Jwaneng Galaxy of Botswana and US Zilimadjou from the Indian Ocean island of Comoros.

Jwaneng Galaxy were crowned champions after their season was cancelled due to Covid-19 and US Zilimadjou also won their league championship.

Kaizer Chiefs

Amakhosi‚ who have endured a stuttering start to the domestic season under new coach Gavin Hunt‚ begin their Champions League campaign in the preliminary round against Cameroon league champions PWD Bamenda.

PWD Bamenda defied the odds as they started last season in a war zone. When their campaign was cancelled with six rounds to go due to Covid-19‚ they were leading at the top of log and were crowned champions.

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It doesn’t get any easier for Chiefs as they will meet Angolan side Primeiro de Agosto in the first round if they manage to overcome PWD Bamenda.

Orlando Pirates

Pirates have a bye in the preliminary round of the Confederation Cup but they will take on the winner of the match between Angolan side Sagrada Esperança and Mbabane Swallows of Eswatini.

Sagrada Esperança qualified for the competition after InterClube opted not to take part in the competition. Swallows have continental experience.

Pirates reached the semifinals in 1999 and lost 2-1 on aggregate to Tunisian giants Étoile du Sahel in the final in 2015.

Bloemfontein Celtic

John Maduka and his men have been handed a difficult preliminary round task of travelling all the way to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to take on AS Maniema Union‚ who finished third in their league last season.


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