Caf Champions League 2018/19: Fixtures and teams in pre-group stages

El Merriekh are one of the giants that fell at the first hurdle (Photo: John Batanudde)

The 2018-19 Caf Champions League is headed towards the first round stage, with the likes of, Al Ahly, Sundowns, TP Mazembe and Wydad Casablanca still in the running.

Last edition’s semi-finalists Primeiro de Agosto and Sudan’s El Merriekh fell at the first hurdle, while Gor Mahia, Vipers and Simba are flying the flag for the East African region as they stay in the competition.

Ahead of the next round of fixtures, Kawowo Sports has your complete guide, including what teams are competing, as well as the fixtures.

The Format for 2018-19

Esperance players join Haythem in celebrating the winner against KCCA FC

Reigning champions Esperance of Tunisia are already through to the group stages while Wydad Casablanca, TP Mazembe, Al Ahly, AS Vita all got a bye to the first round.

Unlike the previous edition which started in January, this year’s competition runs from November to May the next year.

It did kick off with preliminary rounds that involved with 56 teams from different nations involved.

The First Round Fixtures (Pre- Group stages)

The draw for these fixtures was known on the same day the preliminary draws were made.

The first leg games are scheduled on the weekend of December 14-16 and the return legs will be played the following week.

Here are the fixtures for the first round

Constantine (Algeria) Vs Vipers (Uganda)

Orlando Pirates (RSA) Vs African Stars (Namibia)

TP Mazembe (DRC) Vs Zesco United (Zambia)

Ismaily (Egypt) Vs Coton Sport (Cameroun)

Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) vs Jaraaf (Senegal)

Al Ahly Benghazi (Libya) Vs Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA)

Al Ahly (Egypt) Vs Jimma Kenema (Ethiopia)

Nkana (Zambia) Vs Simba (Tanzania)

Stade Malien (Mali) Vs Asec Mimosas (Ivory Coast)

AS Vita (DR Congo) Vs Bantu (Lesotho)

Club Africain (Tunisia) Vs Al Hilal (Sudan)

Otoho d’Oyo (Congo) Vs Platinum (Zimbabwe)

Al Nasr (Libya) Vs Horoya (Guinea)

Saoura (Algeria) Vs IR Tanger (Morocco)

Gor Mahia (Kenya) vs Lobi Stars (Nigeria)

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