ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Premier League Champions, St George FC will face Sudanese outfit Al Hilal in the preliminary round of the 2022/23 CAF Champions League.
The fixture was announced on Tuesday in Cairo where the draw for the 2022-2023 CAF Interclub competitions Preliminary Rounds took place.
If they progress, St George will face the winner of Tanzania’s Young Africans between Zalan FC of South Sudan in the second round.
Preliminary fixtures will be played on the weekends of September 9-11 and 16-18 while the last-32 fixtures are set for the weekends of October 7-9 and 14-16.
The reigning African champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco are one of six teams to be given a bye into the second qualifying round of the tournament.
They will begin the defense of their title against either Nigeria’s Rivers United or Watanga of Liberia.
The 16 winners of the second-round ties will advance to the group stage of the tournament, while beaten sides will drop into play-offs for the Caf Confederation Cup.
– Fasil paired with Bumamuru –
Ethiopian representative Fasil Kenema FC will play against Bumamuru FC of Burundi in the preliminary round of the 2022-23 Caf Confederation Cup competition.
Fasil are playing in the confederation cup thanks to their runner-up finish in the 2021/22 Ethiopian Premier League campaign.
Fasil, should they progress, will face three-time champions CS Sfaxien of Tunisia for a place in the group stage.
Including CS Sfaxien and reigning champions RS Berkane of Morocco, six clubs were given byes into the second round of qualifying for this competition.
The Cup holders RS Berkane will play either Kwara United from Nigeria or Niger’s AS Douanes in the second round.
The first two rounds will be held in September and October, with a final play-off round against African Champions League second qualifying round losers in November.
Unlike the three previous seasons, the final of this edition will be played in a two-legged format.