Simba SC, Yanga, Azam FC, Biashara United to discover CAF opponents

21Jul 2021
Michael Mwebe
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Simba SC, Yanga, Azam FC, Biashara United to discover CAF opponents

TANZANIA's flag bearers in 2021/22 Africa inter-club competitions, Simba SC, Yanga, Azam FC and Biashara United, will next month know who they will be up against in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup when the competitions' draw is conducted on August 15.

Tanzania's Simba SC's players jubilate shortly after registering a goal against AS Vita Club of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in this season's CAF Champions League's Group A match, which took place in Dar es Salaam on April 3. Simba SC won 4-1. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SIMBA SC

Following the Confederation of African Football (CAF)'s Executive Committee (Exco) meeting held in Morocco last week, it was confirmed the 2021/22 season will kick-off on September 10, 2021.

The 12 highest ranked national associations, according to the ranking of CAF, will be allowed to engage two clubs in the CAF Champions League 2021/22 and the CAF Confederation Cup 2021/22.

As one of the top 12 countries on the continent allowed to enter two clubs in each of the two competitions, Tanzania will have Simba SC and Yanga in the Champions League while Azam FC and Biashara United will feature in the Confederation Cup.

Registration of players for the pre-group stages round will close on August 15, leaving the four Tanzanian clubs with just three weeks to make new signings that they will want to register for CAF competitions.

The CAF inter-club competitions are scheduled to start with the first preliminary round on the weekend of September 10-12, with the second leg clashes being played a week later.

The second preliminary round will then take place on October 15-17 and October 22-24.

The last qualifying round for the Confederation Cup, involving teams that have dropped from the Champions League, will then be played on November 26-28 and December 3-5.

The group stage matches will kick-off in February 2022.

The CAF's Executive Committee (Exco) meeting also resolved that the bids to host the finals of the Champions League and Confederation Cup for the 2021/22 season will open in November.

The two finals will be played between May 22-29 next year.

The CAF has arranged the last two finals of both club competitions as single leg ties played at a predetermined venue.

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