A number of COSAFA sides will be in action this week as the latest round of CAF club competitions matches get under way.
Mozambican champions Ferroviário Maputo have a difficult away day at DR Congo side AS Vita Club in the CAF Champions League, with a good result in Kinshasa on Sunday vital to their chances of advancing to the next stage.
Runaway South Africa league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns host Congo-Brazzaville club AC Leopards in the first leg of their tie on Saturday in what is another tricky outing for coach Pitso Mosimane’s men.
Their compatriots Kaizer Chiefs entertain Ivory Coast giants ASEC Mimosas in a rematch of their CAF Confederation Cup tie from two years ago that was won comfortably by the Ivorians.
Madagascar champions CNaPS Sport face a challenging away day in Morocco at Wydad Casablanca, while Zambian side Zesco United host Horoya from Guinea in their first leg tie.
Finally, one of the most eagerly anticipated ties will be the match between Angolan side Recreativo do Libolo and Egyptian giants Al Ahli that will be played in the Southern Africa nation.
There will also be five clubs from the COSAFA region involved in the Confederation Cup, though four are paired off against one-another.
Angolan side Sagrada Esperança take on Mozambique’s Liga Desportiva de Maputo at home, while Harare City of Zimbabwe entertain Zanaco from Zambia.
The other side is South African outfit BidVest Wits, who welcome Tanzanian club Azam to Johannesburg in their first leg.