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CAFCL draws confirmed – iDiski Times

Mamelodi Sundowns are one of the teams exempt from the preliminary round of the 2024/25 CAF Champions League, while Orlando Pirates have been placed in Pot 4.

The Confederation of African Football has revealed the details of the draws for the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup, which will take place on Thursday at 14:00 in Cairo, Egypt.

“In the CAF Champions League, CAF has received official commitments from 59 clubs, while in the CAF Confederation Cup, 52 clubs are participating,” CAF said.

“Accordingly, the 5 highest ranked clubs in the official club ranking will be exempt from the first preliminary round.

“The remaining 54 clubs will play from the 1st preliminary round and will be composed of the highest ranked clubs (4), the lowest ranked clubs (14) and the unranked clubs (36) according to the official club ranking.

“Five pots have been created for the 36 unqualified clubs and the 14 lowest-qualified clubs, taking into account their geographical proximity.

“The exempt and higher-ranked teams are distributed geographically.”

Mamelodi Sundowns join defending champions Al Ahly as well as finalists ES Tunis, Petro de Luanda and TP Mazembe as one of the five clubs exempt.

Meanwhile, Pirates are in Pot 4 but will avoid teams like Jwaneng Galaxy, Rangers FC and GDSE, who were also placed in the same pot.

In the CAF Confederations Cup, Sekhukhune United are among the 12 teams exempted, while Stellenbosch FC have been placed in Pot 3.

“As a result, the 12 highest ranked clubs in the official club ranking will be exempt from the first preliminary round,” CAF confirmed.

“The remaining 40 clubs will play from the 1st preliminary round and will be composed of qualified clubs (3) and non-qualified clubs (37) according to the official club ranking.

“Three pots have been created from the 37 unqualified teams taking into account their geographical proximity.

“The exempt and higher-ranked teams are distributed geographically.”

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