Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE Esperance line-up vs KCCA

The 2018/19 Caf Champions League group stages get underway on Friday with holders Esperance of Tunisia away to Guinea’s last season surprise package, AC Horoya.

The Guinea side, quarter finalists last campaign made a stunning comeback in the qualifiers winning 6-2 against Al Nasr of Libya on aggregate after losing 2-0 in the first leg.

“Horoya will be hard to beat in West Africa,” said Esperance coach Moine Chaabani.

In the same group B, Mulitin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic Orlando Pirates visits debutants Platinum Stars of Zimbabwe.

In group A, former champions Mamelodi Sundowns visit Nigeria’s Lobi Stars in a grudge match.

Sundowns want a better showing after failing to make the last eight season at the expense of Horoya of Guinea.

Ugandan international Denis Onyango will most likely still sit out the game due to injury.

Elsewhere in the group, Wydad Casablanca who failed to defend their title last season will take on Ivory Coast’s ASEC Mimosas.

Group C also gets underway on Friday with Club Africain of Tunisia battling it out with debutants CS Constantine of Algeria.

The Algerian outfit eliminated Uganda’s Vipers at the previous stage to the reach the group stages for the first time.

DR Congo giants and five times African champions TP Mazembe take on Egypt’s Ismaily on Saturday.

In group D, Al Ahly take on DR Congo side AS Vita while Tanzania’s Simba will host Algeria’s JS Saoura at the National stadium, Dar Salaam.

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