The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has now fixed December 12 for the group stage draws of the Champions League and the Confederation Cup.
The draw ceremony for the Group stage for both interclub competitions was initially slated for November 16, but CAF announced a postponement via its website, barely 25 hours before the event.
Meanwhile, as confirmed by the continent's football governing body, the draws will now be held almost a month after the initial date.
“The Group Stage draw for the 2022/23 TotalEnergies CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup will be conducted on Monday 12 December 2022 in Cairo, Egypt.
“The TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup will be live from 13h00 (11h00 GMT) followed by TotalEnergies CAF Champions League at 14h00 (12h00 GMT).
“Both draws will be live on CAF digital platforms and also CAF TV partners,” CAF wrote on its website.
With this development, it means Nigeria Professional Football League side, Rivers United, who are Nigeria's sole representative at the group stages, will find out its group opponents in the Confederation Cup Dec 12.
The media officer of the club, Charles Mayuku, also confirmed that the new date has been communicated.
“#CAFCC: @RiversUnitedFC to Know Foes December 12th. The group stage draw was initially fixed for November 16th but had to be postponed due to some reasons.
“According to the update coming from CAF, December 12th has been fixed for the draw at its headquarters in Cairo, Egypt,” Mayuku tweeted on his official Twitter handle.
Since edging Al Nasr Benghazi in Libya, the NPFL champions have been training at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, while also looking forward to the money-spinning stage of the competition as well as the start of the new league season.
The Pride of Rivers are in the running for the second-tier competition with 15 other African clubs.
The qualified teams for the Confederation Cup are Al Akhdar (Libya), ASFAR Club (Morocco), AS Real Bamako (Mali), ASEC Mimosas (Ivory Coast), ASKO de Cara (Togo), Montena Pembe (Dr Congo), Diables Noirs (Congo), Saint Eloi Lupopo (Dr Congo), Future FC (Egypt), Marumo Gallants FC (South Africa), Pyramids FC (Egypt), TP Mazembe (Dr Congo), US Monastir (Tunisia), USM Alger (Algeria), Young Africans (Tanzania).
This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago