Caps face tough draw

CHAMPIONS Caps United face a tough draw in the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League group stage.



The Green Machine shocked TP Mazembe at the weekend to book a place among the elite 16 in African club football.

The Lloyd Chitembwe-coached side held the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) champions nil-all in the first round second leg tie at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday to go through on the away goals rule, having drawn 1-1 in the first leg away in Lubumbashi last week.

However, they are most likely to face a tough draw after they were placed in Pot 4, when the 16 qualified teams were yesterday divided into four groups, graded according to their points on Caf’s five-year ranking.

The five-year ranking is used by Caf to determine the number of clubs that each Caf member association may enter in Africa’s club football competitions, the Caf Champions League and the Caf Confederations Cup.

At present, those associations ranked in the top 12 may enter two sides into each of the two continental tournaments, while the remaining associations are limited to a single side in each competition.

Zimbabwe are ranked at number 18, with local clubs finding it difficult in continental football, resulting in Caps United, with zero points, placed in the lowest-ranked Pot 4 in the seeding.

Other qualified teams with zero points and in Pot 4 together with Caps United are Zanaco of Zambia, Ferroviário Beira of Mozambique and Saint George of Ethiopia.

Each side will draw one team from each pot.

The Harare giants cannot face any one of the teams in Pot 4, but are on a collision course with some of the continent’s football heavyweights who have been placed in top pots.

They are sure to meet one of Zamalek, Al-Ahly (Egypt), Étoile du Sahel (Tunisia) or the tournament’s defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, all placed in Pot 1.

Pot 2 is dominated by North African teams in Espérance de Tunis (Tunisia), Wydad Casablanca (Morocco), USM Alger (Algeria) and Sudanese giants Al-Hilal, of which Caps United will also get one from this pot.

Caps’ third opponents in the group stages will come from Pot 3, which contains Al-Merrikh (Sudan), Coton Sport (Cameroon), AS Vita (DRC) and Al-Ahli Tripoli (Libya)

Matches will be played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The winners and runners-up of each group advance to the quarter-finals.

The first set of matches will be played on May 12, 2017.

But in eliminating TP Mazembe, Caps United defied expectations and the team, will be looking forward to any opponent when the draw is conducted.

If they again move mountains like what they did in the previous round, they will qualify for the knockout stage, where the remaining eight teams will play a single-elimination tournament. Each tie is played on a home-and-away two-legged basis.

Caf Champions League group stage seeding

Pot 1: Al-Ahly, Zamalek, Étoile du Sahel, Mamelodi Sundowns
Pot 2: Al-Hilal, Espérance de Tunis, Wydad Casablanca, USM Alger
Pot 3: Al-Merrikh, Coton Sport, AS Vita, Al-Ahli Tripoli
Pot 4: Caps United, Zanaco, Ferroviário Beira, Saint George

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  1. Caps muri paTight

  2. CAPS should not be scared. The Mazembe boys they kicked out would have been in at least pot 2 had they qualified.

  3. Wezhira wezhara

    I do not see anything tough here. Kuti Al-Ahly, Zamalek , Esperance or Sundowns zvakango fanana nekuti Mazembe. There are no minnows in African soccer Mr reporter. Take for example, last year Sundowns had been knocked out only to come back following the disqualification of their opponents but they went on to win the tournament. These are just statements from people who hate CAPS. Instead of motivating us by actually telling it as it is, you want to put fear in our players. You are not patriotic just the way you did not give us any chance against Mazembe.

    MaPlayers edu pavano kwira zvikopokopo kupinda muground for a match imi munenge muchikwira BP kkkkk. Go Kepekepe go

    1. Murape C. Murape

      @ Wezhira Wazhara, pavanokwira zvikopokopo pamwe chete nokukwira sistren vako. Chupeti yemunhu!!!

      1. Carlos Tokyo MADHOSHTO
        Go CAPS United go. You have already moved moutains.

      2. Wezhira wezhara

        If I knew you iwe Murape C. Murape I was going to forcibly take you to Ingutsheni or Ngomahuru. You are a mental patient. Nxaaa. Mwana

    2. Kikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikihahahahahahahahaha

    3. Kikikikikikikikikikiki


    5. Kikikikikikiki LOL

  4. Caps don’t be intimidated, beating TP means you are men not boys. Kukwana kwamakatoita to the last 16 means you are giants. KEPEKEPE MBORA

  5. Tikapihwa yemu pot C tapinda

  6. Green means go…………..hameno brue

    1. Kikikikikiki LOL

    2. Kikikikikikiki LOL

  7. Caps can now match any team in this group stage guys. Eliminating Mazembe its enough to be amoung the best teams. We want those big guys because they don’t know how we play yet we know their type of play. So nothing to worry about. Go kepekepe go

  8. Stupid headline from a staunch dynamos supporter masquerading as a reporter.

  9. Stupid headline from a dynamos supporter masquerading as a reporter.

  10. No amount of scary headlines could prevent Caps from sailing thru. The players should not be intimidated by these headlines from bitter dhinyonyo fan.
    Instead of encouraging a team representing Zim, a certain journalist is busy putting fear in Caps camp, SHAME.


  12. Iinteresting coincidence, the departure of Hayatou has coincided with having only one team from West Africa in the CAF champions league.A new dawn bacon for African football.

  13. Caps need to pull up their socks. I believe they need to play much better than they did in the match at the national sports stadium. I wish them the best.

  14. makanyanya CAPS. Dont be intimidated. You have already moved mountains by beating TP Mazembe

  15. At this stage, there is very little choice if any; so the spirit should be kana tsuro ngaawuye, kana gudo ngaawuye kana shumba ngaawuye kuKepekepe!!!!! And then labeling the reporter a Dynamos supporter is both mischievous and unfortunate. Guys, we need these dembare fans to cheer us on. Tisakanganwe chezuro nehope. This is indeed a national cause.

    1. Some Dynamos fans were supporting Mazembe on Sunday my brother. They even waved away our players just before kickoff. So in short we dont need Dynamos fans, totamba tega

  16. Caps z a good team i agree but by any standard their performance against Mazembe left more questions than answers they were lucky to go past Mazembe. only that Mazembe slept on duty on first leg

  17. Wezhira naNacido u r mental patients…..u always complain journalist this journalist that..enda unonyora nyaya dzacho iwewe nxaaa

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