Thirty-eight clubs will be on deck between Friday 10 September and Sunday 12 September to launch the 2021-2022 season of the Confederation of African Football Cup.
Nineteen matches are on the program for the first round. As many places for the second round where thirteen clubs (exempted) are already automatically registered, including RS Berkane (Morocco), Enyimba (Nigeria), Pyramids FC (Egypt) or AS Vita Club (DR Congo).
The first round of the CAF Cup is packed with duels between clubs from neighboring countries. The first round of the CAF Cup is full of clashes between clubs from neighboring countries, which will spice up the proceedings. On the menu: Senegal-Guinea, with the face-off between Diambars of Saly (60 km from Dakar) and Warkiya of Conakry, Uganda-Ethiopia, in the duel between URA FC and Ethiopian Coffee S.C., not forgetting Burkina Faso-Côte d'Ivoire with the very attractive ASFA Yennenga vs FC San Pedro.
West Africa does not have a monopoly on sub-regional derbies in the CAF Cup format. A little further east, rivalries between neighbors will also be rekindled. The ambitious Tanzanian side AZAM FC will take on the Somali club Horseed Sports Club, while Djibouti's FC Dikhil will face Biashara United Mara of Tanzania.
In the Sahara, the Sudanese Hay Alwady Nyala will face the Libyan Ahli de Tripoli. To complete the circle, a promising derby between the South Sudanese Atlabara FC of Juba and the Sudanese Ahly Merowe.
Other matches in this first round of the CAF Cup are worth the diversions without being sub-regional derbies. For example, the Tunisians of US Ben Guerdane will face the Nigerians of AS Police. Morocco's FAR will face Benin's Buffles FC. AS Ashanti Golden Boys from Guinea will face Bayelsa Utd FC from Nigeria. And the Malagasy CFFA will play against the Zambian Kabwe Warriors FC.
The second leg of the first round of the CAF Cup is scheduled for September 18 and 19.
Friday 10 September 2021
Olympique de Missiri (Comoros) v AS Kigali (Rwanda)
Bumamuru (Burundi) v Diables Noires (Congo)
FC Dikhil (Djibouti) v Biashara United FC (Tanzania)
Saturday 11 September 2021
Red Arrows FC (Zambia) v Young Buffalos (Eswatini)
Atlabara FC (Southern Sudan) v Ahly Merowe (Sudan)
Futuro Kings (Equatorial Guinea) v Marumo Gallants (South Africa)
AZAM FC (Tanzania) v Horseed SC (Somalia)
Binga FC (Mali) v Monrovia Club Breweries (Liberia)
Sunday 12 September 2021
Uganda Revenue Authority (Uganda) v Ethiopia Bunna (Ethiopia)
Hay Al Wadi (Sudan) v Al Ahli Tripoli (Libya)
CFFA (Madagascar) v Kabwe Warriors (Zambia)
Mangasport (Gabon) v Orapa United (Botswana)
ASFA Yenenga (Burkina Faso) v FC San Pedro (Ivory Coast)
ASC Kara (Congo) v ASAC Concorde (Mauritania)
US Ben Guerdane (Tunisia) v AS Police Niamey (Niger)
Mafunzo FC (Zanzibar) v Interclube Luanda (Angola)
ASC Diambars (Senegal) v Wakriya (Guinea)
AS FAR Rabat (Morocco) v Buffles de Borgou (Benin)