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Asante Kotoko, Ashanti Gold’s Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup opponents announced

Ghana Premier League (GPL) side Asante Kotoko has been drawn against the Mauritanian side, FC Nouadhibou in the preliminary stage of the 2020/21 CAF Champions League campaign. 

The draw for the preliminary round of the elite continental inter-club championship was conducted in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Monday.

The Kumasi based team’s first leg trip away is set for the weekend of November 27-29, a week before the return fixture in Ghana.

The winner of the tie between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and FC Nouadhibou will face the winner of the clash between Al-Hilal Club of Sudan and Ugandan champions Vipe

Nouadhibou are the current holders of the Mauritanian Ligue 1 championship and have won it eight times in all.

Ashanti Gold, Ghana’s only other club in Africa in the 2020-21 season, have been pitted against Salitas FC of Burkina Faso in the preliminary round of the Caf Confederation Cup.

The winner over the two legs encounter will meet either El Amal of Sudan or KVZ FC of Zanzibar in the next round of the competition.

Salitas, who were runners-up of the 2018-19 Burkinabe Premier League, got the nod to represent their country in the Confederation Cup due to the premature termination of the Burkina Faso Cup.

Kotoko and AshGold were handed the opportunity by the Ghana FA to represent the country following the cancellation of the 2019-20 Ghana Premier League (GPL) season due to COVID-19.

Both teams were chosen based on their status as Ghana’s representatives for the continental competitions in the 2019/2020 season.

Ghana’s performance in Africa last season was, however, disappointing as Kotoko were eliminated from the Champions League in the first round by Tunisian club Etoile Sahel while AshGold were similarly knocked out of the Confederation Cup in the first round by RS Berkane of Morocco.

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