Ghana champions AshGold handed tough Caf Champions League draw

Ghana champions Ashantigold SC have been drawn against Algerian club Mouloudia Olympique de Bejaia, in the preliminary stages of the Caf Champions League.

Ashantigold will host Bejaia, who finished as runners up to ES Setif in the Algerian Ligue 1 last season, during the weekend of February 12-14 2016, with the second leg taking place at Stade de l’Unite Maghrebine, Bejaia two weeks later.

The winner of the two legs will lock horns with the winner between Ivorian champions A.S Tanda and Tunisian giants Club Africain.

Ashantigold and Raja Casablanca played the maiden final of the coveted Caf Champions League in 1997 but the Ghanaians were defeated on penalty shootout after 1-1 on aggregate.

Title holders TP Mazembe, Al Ahly, ES Setif, Al Hilal, Al Merreikh, AC Leopards, Etoile du Sahel and Zamalek were all drawn bye and will join in the first round after the preliminary stage.

However, Ghana FA Cup winners, Medeama SC have been drawn bye in the Caf Confederation Cup. They will play the winner between Ittihad Tripoli (Libya) and AS Sonidep (Niger) in the first round.