CAF Draw: Tough Draw will Revive Football Support in Zim

Harare – Caps United pairing against Africa’s football greatest teams will revive the waning support in local football, facing an anticlimax due to suppressed sponsorship and incoherent winnings.

The Green Machine failure to illuminate the local scene, and continually playing second fiddle to the Harare opponents Dynamos had watered down their popularity.

In a tough group B draw, the Zimbabwe champions have to maneuver the challenge posed by Ahli Tripoli of Libya and five time champions, Zamalek of Egypt.
Caps United Fans Cheering their Team

If Caps makes it past the North African giants, they will encounter winners of group A compromising of Esperance Tunis, El Merrikh, Al Hilal of Sudan and Mozambique’s El Merrikh.Current holders Mamelodi Sundowns face the onslaught of Esperance.

Caps’ opponents command a huge following in the home grounds. Zamalek lost the final to Sundowns pose the highest threat to the Harare giants.

The Green Machine’s aim was to reach group stages, and this has set a mouthwatering encounter with possible return to its former glory days.

In 2008, former champions Dynamos defeated Zamalek at home, getting three points. DeMbare reached the semi-final stage.

A beefed payout windfall has attracted more attention from the financial crippled Harare team. Caps are guaranteed $550 000 for their participation. Reaching quarter-finals will bring them another $100 000, while $800 could accrue if they play in the semifinals.

Full Champions League draw
  • Group A: Ferroviario Beira, El Merrikh, Al Hilal, Etoile du Sahel
  • Group B: Caps United, Ahli Tripoli, USM Alger, Zamalek
  • Group C: St George, AS Vita, Esperance, Mamelodi Sundowns
  • Group D: Zanaco, Cotton Sport, Wydad Casablanca, Al Ahly. - www.tinzwei/Online Sources

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