Absa Premiership

Sundowns will avoid Egyptian giants in CAF CL group stages

2017-03-23 08:12
CHAMPIONS: Mamelodi Sundowns are the winners of the MultiChoice Diski Challenge 2016/17. (Muzi Ntombela, BackpagePix)

Cape Town - CAF African Champions Mamelodi Sundowns have been rewarded with a place amongst the top seeds for this years Champions League group stage.

While the draw for Africa's leading cup competition has yet to take place, the South African Premiership side can rest assured they won't be paired with Egyptian sides Al Ahly, Zamalek or Tunisian giants Etoile Du Sahel.

The points coefficient based on performance in the continental showpiece of the last five years, ranks the club's in respective seeding spots.

This is the first time the seeding has been used as a historic Champions League campaign is set, as the group stage has been expanded from eight teams to 16 teams.

Seeding Pots for the upcoming draw:

Pot 1: Al Ahly (Egypt), Zamalek (Egypt), Etoile Du Sahel (Tunisia) and Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA)

Pot 2: Al Hilal (Sudan), Esperance (Tunisia), Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) and USM Alger (Algeria)

Pot 3: Al Merriekh (Sudan), Coton Sport (Cameroon), AS Vita (DR Congo) and Al Ahli Tripoli (Libya)

Pot 4: St. George (Ethiopia), Ferroviaro Bera (Mozambique), Zanaco (Zambia) and CAPS United (Zimbabwe)

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