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Tusker face Mauritian side in CAF CL

Tusker will start their CAF Champions League campaign away to Mauritania side AS Port-Louis 2000 on the weekend of February 10, 2017.PHOTO/courtesy

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 21 – Kenyan Premier League Champions Tusker FC have been handed AS Port-Louis 2000 from Mauritius in the 2017 CAF Champions League preliminary round.

Tusker will start their continental assignment away on the weekend of February 10 before hosting the Mauritian champions a fortnight later in Nairobi.

If they win the two-legged tie, Tusker will in the first round meet Al-Hilal of Egypt who were given a bye.

The Brewers, who will be under the tutelage of new head coach Ugandan George Nsimbe, who replaced double winning boss Ugandan Paul Nkata, return to the prestigious African top tier competition for the first time since 2013 where they were eliminated in the first round by Egyptian giants Egypt Al-Ahly.

AS Port-Louis 2000 return to the CAF Champions League for the first time in four years and they are not pushovers since they have lifted the Mauritian Premier League six times and two domestic Cup titles.

The Port Louis based side reached the second round of the CAF Champions League in 2003 which is their highest achievement.

Tusker qualified for the African Champions League after reclaiming the Kenyan Premier League from Gor Mahia.

-Ulinzi face Bengazi-

Ulinzi Stars players line up for a group photo before their 4-1 win against Kariobangi Sharks in a GOtv Shield Semi final on October 1 at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium. PHOTO/TIMOTHY OLOBULU

In the CAF Confederations Cup, Kenyan representatives Ulinzi Stars were paired with Hilal Benghazi of Libya.

Ulinzi will start at home in Nairobi on the weekend of February 10 before traveling to Libya for the return leg after two weeks.

If Ulinzi makes it to the first round they will play Egypt’s Smouha SC in another two-legged encounter.

Unlike experienced Ulinzi Stars, Hilal Benghazi have never won the Libyan Premier League with their best achievement seeing them reach the second round of the 2013 CAF Confederations Cup.

Ulinzi qualified for the Confederations Cup thanks to Tusker FC’s double after losing the GOtv Shield title to Tusker FC who went on to clinch a double after winning the Kenyan Premier League.