If Kaizer Chiefs are to make the group stages of this year’s CAF Champions League, their qualifying could see them travel to Mozambique, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Botswana, the DRC and/or Nigeria.
Those games will only come to pass should the Amakhosi manage to defeat Namibian side, Black Africa FC, in the first round of qualifying when the tournament officially begins in February.
Chiefs will host the Lively Lions between February 7-9 before travelling to Windhoek to take on the Nambian Premier League champions in their own back yard between February 14-16.
Should Chiefs make it past the Namibians, they will go on to face the winner of games 39 and 40, either Liga Muculmana of Mozambique or Madagascan side, Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale Sport (CNaPS).
If the Amakhosi manage to make it past that round (Round of 32) at the beginning of March, they will enter into the last 16, when there are four teams that they could possibly face.
Dynamos from Zimbabwe will take on Botswana’s Mochudi Centre Chiefs in their first game, with the winner of that taking on the winner of games 43 and 44, the DRC’s AS Vita, or Kano Pillars of Nigeria.
Only by winning that final two-legged tie, will Stuart Baxter’s men follow in Orlando Pirates’ footsteps and make it to the group stages of the competition.
The first leg of the round of 16 will take place between March 21-23, while the second leg will be the following weekend (28-30).
Chiefs’ draw sees them avoid African giants such as last year’s Egyptian winners, Al Ahly, Tunisian duo, CS Sfaxien and Esperance, as well as Congolese powerhouse, TP Mazembe.
There will no doubt be a major reshuffling of PSL fixtures in order to accommodate for Chiefs’ adventure into Africa, just as there was for Pirates last year as they came so close to claiming their second star.
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