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Local football fans will keenly follow proceedings when the draw for the group stages of the Orange CAF Champions League is held at CAF headquarters on Thursday in Cairo, Egypt.

This is because Dynamos FC will be in the hat as it progressed to the lucrative group stages of the Orange African Champions league despite losing 1-0 away at Gaborone United on Saturday.

Dynamos are the only Southern African team left in the competition and will have to pull up their stockings as they will face tougher opponents in the group stages of this year’s competition.

The Harare giants progressed to the mini-league phase of the competition 4-2 on aggregate after convincingly winning the first leg 4-1 a fortnight ago at the National Sports Stadium.

Gaborone United would have sailed through if they had won by three clear goals, but fortunately for Dynamos, the former only managed to score a solitary goal on home soil.

Five North African teams, defending champions TP Mazembe of the DRC and last year’s losing finalists, Heartland of Nigeria, complete the list of teams that will be part of the draw on Thursday.

The North African teams include record six-time winners Al-Ahly of Egypt and compatriots,Isamily; the Algerian pair of JS Kabylie and Entente Setif as well as Esperance of Tunisia, who are making a return to the group stages after a lengthy absence.

Entente Setif are the only debutants in the group stages of the competition and will battle it out with some of the seasoned teams on the continent.

Dynamos are set to receive $400 000 for just qualifying for the group stages and if results go their way, the figure can increase to as much as $1, 5 million if they win the tournament.

The eight remaining teams, who began their campaign in February 2010, will be divided into two groups of four teams.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semi- finals. The first leg of the Orange CAF Champions League semi-finals will be played between October 29 and 31 2010.

The second leg will then be played between November 12 and 14, with the winners of the competition getting a ticket to represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

Meanwhile, the first leg of the Orange CAF Confederation Cup final will be played between November 26 and November 28 2010, with the second leg scheduled to be played between December 3 and December 5.