DR Congo rivals drawn together in Champions League

TP Mazembe

Democratic Republic of Congo clubs TP Mazembe and AS Vita Club have been drawn together in the group stage of the Champions League.

TP Mazemebe, runners-up in last year's Confederation Cup, and Vita are fierce rivals and their pairing may well benefit fellow Group A sides Al Hilal of Sudan and Egyptian giants and five-time winners of the competition Zamalek.

Group B has also thrown together two clubs from the same country in Tunisian pair CS Safxien and Esperance.

With the added twist that former Dutch great Ruud Krol is now coach of Esperance after leading Sfaxien to the Confederation Cup title last year.

Libya's Al Ahli Benghazi - shock conquerors of Al Ahly - and Algeria's Entente Setif complete the group, giving it an all north African flavour.

The matches begin on the weekend of 16-18 May with the final ties to be played between 22-24 August the group winners and runners-up qualify for the semi-finals.

Group A: Al Hilal, TP Mazembe, Vita Club, Zamalek

Group B: Al Ahli Benghazi, CS Sfaxien, Esperance, Entente Setif

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