Seeding for 2017 CAF Champions League group stage draw announced

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Mamelodi Sundowns among the top seeds

Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns and last year’s finalists Zamalek will be among the top seeds for this year’s CAF Champions League

Former champions Al Ahly and Etoile Du Sahel make up the four top-seeded teams announced by the Confederation of African Football.

Sudan’s El Hilal heads the list in the second tier of seeds along with Tunisia’s Esperance, Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca and USM Alger of Algeria.

The third tier is made up of Sudan giants Al Merriekh, home to Ugandan goalie Jamal Salim, Coton Sport of Cameron, DR Congo’s AS Vita and Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya while the last tier compromises St. George of Ethiopia where Ugandans Robert Odongkara and Yasser Mugerwa ply their trade, Ferroviaro Bera of Mozambique, Zambia champions Zanaco and former giants CAPS United.

It is the first time in the history of the competition to have 16 teams in the group stages.

The draw for the 2017 group stages is likely to be made in Cairo on Tuesday March 21, 2017.

One team from each tier will be allocated in a group with the seedings determined by CAF’s 5-Year Ranking.

Pot 1: Al Ahly (Egypt), Zamalek (Egypt), Etoile Du Sahel (Tunisia) and Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA)

Pot 2: Al Hilal (Sudan), Esperance (Tunisia), Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) and USM Alger (Algeria)

Pot 3: Al Merriekh (Sudan), Coton Sport (Cameroon), AS Vita (DR Congo) and Al Ahli Tripoli (Libya)

Pot 4: St. George (Ethiopia), Ferroviaro Bera (Mozambique), Zanaco (Zambia) and CAPS United (Zimbabwe)