Confed Cup prelims start this weekend

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Each of the clubs will be hoping for a good outing in this weekend’s first leg matches to move an inch closer to the next stage of the competition.

No former winner of the $300,000 (34,951,500 naira) monetary prize competition will be involved in the preliminary rounds including defending champions, CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.

In Congo, JS Talangai will host former Cameroonian champions, Mount Cameroon in a dicey duel at home as they seek to confirm their status as a power house in continental football.

Elsewhere in Banjul, Ports Authority who clipped out twice Africa Champions, Asante Kotoko from last year’s MTN-CAF Champions League will face Ivorian side Entente Bingerville; while Mangasport sort things out with AS FNIS of Niger at home.

Satellite FC of Guinea will trek Monrovia as guests of Black Stars, while US Masseda of Togo face neighbours Universit Nationale Bin of Benin.

Former Zimbabwean champions, Highlanders who gave five-time African Champions Al-Ahly some torrid moments in last year’s MTN CAF Champions League will battle fellow Southerners Ferroviario Nampula in Harare.

The second leg matches has been scheduled for February 29 – March 2.

US Masseda (Togo) v Universit Nationale Bin (Benin)Black Stars (Liberia) v Satellite FC (Guinea)Mangasport (Gabon) v AS FNIS (Niger)Ports Authority (Gambia) v Entente Bingerville (Ivory Coast)Maniema Union (Democratic Republic of the Congo) v Akonangui (Equatorial Guinea)Express (Uganda) v Inter Stars (Burundi)AS Adema (Madagascar) v Young Africans (United Republic of Tanzania)Highlanders (Zimbabwe) v Ferroviario Nampula (Mozambique)Chipukizi (United Republic of Tanzania) v Green Buffaloes (Zambia)Harar Beer (Ethiopia) v Rayon Sports (Rwanda)Anse Reunion (Seychelles) v Petit Riviere Noire (Mauritius)JS Talangai (Congo) v Mount Cameroon FC (Cameroon)