DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns will join Egyptian giants Zamalek in the list of clubs set to enjoy the advantage of having an easy passage into this season’s CAF Champions’ League group stages.
Sundowns play La Passe from Seychelles in the next qualifying round.
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Instead of travelling to the Indian Ocean Island country for the first leg this weekend, The Brazilians will play as the away team at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday.
La Passe have requested to play their home leg in Tshwane since their home ground (Stade Linite) doesn’t meet the CAF requirements.
The 10 000-seater facility is not amongst the venues that have passed the stringent tests set by CAF for their inter-club competitions at this stage.
La Passe qualified for this round after their first-round opponents Volcan Club de Moroni from Comoros failed to travel for the second leg despite winning 1-0 at home in the first leg.
After the first leg at Loftus on Sunday, Sundowns will then play as the home team on Friday, October 14.
South Africa has 12 stadiums that have been approved by CAF for their inter-club competitions which includes all facilities that were used for the 2010 World Cup plus training venues Orlando, Lucas Moripe and Dobsonville.
Burkina Faso champions Rail Club du Kadiogo played their first-round home tie against Asante Kotoko in Cotonou, Benin and they will again host AS Vita from DR Congo at the same venue this weekend.
Burundian club Flambeau du Centre will also play their home leg against Egyptian giants Zamalek at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria due to facilities issues in their home country.
They will then play as the away team at the same venue the following week.
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