Nigeria’s Enyimba International of Aba and Enugu Rangers International have been fairly drawn in the Confederation Cup play-offs pairings that took place in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday.
Enyimba will have home advantage first against South African second division club, TS Galaxy, who have won all four CAF matches this season, but against modest opponents.
The Aba People’s Elephant were shocked by Al Hilal of Sudan in the Champions League this season and dropped to the second-tier Confederation Cup along with 15 other first-round losers.
Although not overly impressive when defeating Pelican of Gabon in the previous round of the Confederation Cup, Enugu should prove too strong over two legs for ASC Kara of Togo.
Like Enyimba, Asante Kotoko of Ghana have been African champions twice, but it has been 36 years since they last conquered the continent.
The Kumasi-based Porcupine Warriors tackle less experienced CAF campaigners, San Pedro from the Ivory Coast, in a west African encounter they should win.
Zamalek of Egypt were included in the draw but may not participate.
The Cairo White Knights will take on Generation Foot of Senegal in a rearranged Champions League last-32 second leg, and if they overturn a 2-1 deficit will continue in the elite competition.
ESAE of Benin, debuting for the first time in Africa, await Zamalek or Generation in the play-offs.
All 16 winners will go into a group draw with the first fixtures billed for Sunday, December 1.