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APR to test Zanaco’s appetite for 2017 Champions League, Zesco on bye


Zanaco face APR of Rwanda in the preliminary round of the 2017 CAF Champions League.

The 2016 champions will hosts regular Champions League campaigners APR in the first leg at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on February 11 while the return leg is set for the weekend of February 18.

This will be Zanaco’s first meeting against Rwandan opposition.

APR will be making their third trip to Zambia after losing to Mufulira Wanderers in the second round of the 1997 edition and eliminating Green Buffaloes from the preliminary phase of the 2005 CAF Confederation Cup.

Winner has a potential pre-group stage date against George Lwandamina’s Young Africans in March with the victor advancing to the group stage in April.

The Tanzanian club is also in action in the preliminary round where they face Comoros champions Ngaya.

Meanwhile, Zesco United enjoy a preliminary round bye and will enter the Confederation Cup in the first round in March.

Zesco await winner of the preliminary round clash involving Zanzibar’s KYZ who will host Messager Ngozi of Burundi in February.

Zesco will be at home in their first round, first leg fixture on March 11 in Ndola.

Should Zesco progress, they will meet pre-group stage losers from the CAF Champions League in April’s playoff phase.

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