Former Nigerian title holders, Kano Pillars will battle Ashanti Kotoko of Ghana in the CAF Champions League preliminary first round, to seal a spot in the main qualifiers of the elite clubs’ continental competition.
It promises to be a tough battle between Sai Masu Gida and The Porcupine Warriors, who emerged champions in the Ghana Premier League special competition last season.
Unlike Kotoko, Pillars could only end as runners-up in the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super-6 play-off, such they are rated behind the Ghanaian side, which last year reached the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Kotoko’s 2019-20 Africa adventure begins with a trip to face Pillars in Kano on the weekend of August 9-11, before The Porcupines then host the second leg at Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi two weeks later.
Sai Masu Gida are eager to go beyond the first round for their second time if they overcome Kototo, but the winner over both legs will square off in the second round of the preliminary phase against the victors between Hafia FC of Guinea and Etoile Sahel of Tunisia.
In the Confederation Cup, Ashanti Gold will battle it out with Akonangui FC of Equatorial Guinea for a place in the second round, where a possible date with RS Berkane of Morocco awaits.
Like Kotoko, Ashgold will also travel for the first leg before hosting the return fixture, this time at Obuasi Stadium.
The Miners, who qualified for the Confederation Cup as winners of the Ghana Special Competition Knockout, will play their matches on the same date with Kotoko’s in the Champions League.