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By The Atlas Lions, Dec 28 2018 06:41PM

(BBC Sports) Egyptian club Zamalek, one of the strongest contenders for the 2018/2019 African Confederation Cup campaign, were paired with Morocco's Ittihad Tanger on Friday in the play-offs draw in Cairo.

Ittihad are among 15 teams who drop into the Confederation Cup from the African Champions League, the premier African club competition.

Zamalek sounded a warning in the African equivalent of the Europa League when they slammed seven goals past Chadian side ASCOT in the qualifier.

Tunisian sides CS Sfaxien and Etoile du Sahel and holders Raja Casablanca of Morocco are three other clubs in the play-offs with outstanding pedigrees.

Record three-time Confederation Cup winners Sfaxien drew Ugandan side Vipers SC and are favourites to win the tie and secure a place in the 16-team group phase.

Raja, whose 11 victories and 34 goals last season were records for a Confederation Cup-winning team, were paired with minnows African Stars from Namibia.

Etoile, twice winners of the Confederation Cup, received a bye to the group draw as they had the highest ranking among the 16 survivors after Confederation Cup qualifying.

Asante Kotoko of Ghana and Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa will play away first.

Kotoko visit Cameroonian club and experienced African campaigners Coton Sport while Chiefs travel to Zambian outfit Zesco United.

African Confederation Cup play-offs draw

Gor Mahia (KEN) v New Star (CMR)

Al Ahly Benghazi (LBA) v NA Hussein Dey (ALG)

Al Hilal (SUD) v Mukura Victory (RWA)

Nkana (ZAM) v FC San Pedro (CIV)

Coton Sport (CMR) v Asante Kotoko (GHA)

Zesco Utd (ZAM) v Kaizer Chiefs (RSA)

Stade Malien (MLI) v Petro Atletico (ANG)

Raja Casablanca (MAR, holders) v African Stars (NAM)

Renaissance Berkane (MAR) v ASC Jaraaf (SEN)

CS Sfaxien (TUN) v Vipers SC (UGA)

Zamalek (EGY) v Ittihad Tanger (MAR)

Kampala Capital City Authority (UGA) v AS Otoho (CGO)

Bantu (LES) v Enugu Rangers (NGR)

Al Nasr (LBA) v Salitas (BUR)

Jimma Aba Jifar (ETH) v Hassania Agadir (MAR)

Winners qualify for group phase

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 15 2018 12:23PM

( Hassania Agadir of Morocco maintained their impressive start in the 2018/2019 CAF Confederation Cup with a 2-0 round-of-32 first leg victory over Generation Foot of Senegal on Friday.

Ayoub el Mallouki scored his third goal of the campaign in the second-tier African club competition after only three minutes in the southern Moroccan coastal city of Agadir.

Tamer Seyam added a second Hassania goal on 65 minutes to wrap up the win. The club are seeking to do better than 11 years ago when they made an early exit in their only previous Confederation Cup appearance.

Hassania were far too strong for AS GNN of Niger in the preliminary round this month, winning 4-0 at home and drawing 0-0 away.

Generation are competing in the African equivalent of the Uefa Europa League for a fourth straight season and were eliminated by another Moroccan club in the third round last year.

Losing and failing to score in Agadir will disappoint the Senegalese academy club after a 1-0 away win over 2012 Confederation Cup runners-up Djoliba of Mali in the previous round.

In another first leg match, Vladimiro 'Va' Felix scored on 28 minutes to give Petro Atletico of Angola a 1-0 away victory over AS Nyuki of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa.

African debutants Nyuki were a second division club when they won the 2018 Congolese Cup and Petro are making a ninth bid to become the first Angolan winners of the Confederation Cup.

A further 13 first legs will be played Saturday while Raja Casablanca of Morocco begin their defence of the title at home to Cercle Mberi Sportif of Gabon Sunday.

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