Rangers International of Enugu, Nigeria’s representative in the CAF Confederation Cup, has been drawn against two top Tunisian sides, Etoile du Sahel and CS Sfaxien, and Burkina Faso’s Salitas in the group stage of the competition.
Rangers, who defeated Bantu FC of Lesotho by 4-2 on aggregate to qualify for the group stage of the competition, will play in Group B.
Both Tunisian clubs, Etoile du Sahel and CS Sfaxien are former African champions while Salitas is not well-known in African football. Sfaxien have won the Confederation Cup a record three times, while Etoile, who were given a bye into the group stage, have lifted the trophy twice.
Many analysts the drawing will make things a bit difficult for Rangers to qualify out of the group. Many are tipping the Tunisian sides to qualify from Group B.
Group A has all the three Moroccan clubs in the competition. These include defending champion, Raja Casablanca, Renaissance Berkane and Hassania Agadir. They will be playing alongside AS Otoho Oyo of Congo Brazzaville.
The two Zambian sides, Nkana FC and Zesco United, will contend with Al Hilal of Sudan and Ghana’s Asante Kotoko of Ghana in Group C.
Zamalek of Egypt, who has not won a continental
title since winning the 2003 Super Cup, are in Group D with NA Hussein Dey of
Algeria, Petro Atletico of Angola and Kenya’s Gor Mahia.