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Champs draw pits Sudanese together

African Champions League trophy
Eight teams are vying for Africa's most prestigious club prize

The draw for the group stage of the 2009 African Champions League sees the two Sudanese clubs in the same group.

Al Merreikh and Al Hilal are together in Group A, and will meet in the opening round of matches.

They are joined in the group by Kano Pillars of Nigeria and Zambia's Zesco United.

Group B has Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia, Nigerian club Heartland, TP Mazembe of DR Congo and Monomotapa of Zimbabwe.

The group matches begin on the weekend of 17-19 June, and run through until mid-September.

Etoile du Sahel and Al Merreikh were the two top seeds, while TP Mazembe and Al Hilal were in the second pot of seeds.

The seedings were based on past performance in continental club competitions over the past five years.

Full list of fixtures:

GROUP A

17-19 July: Al Merreikh v Al Hilal
17-19 July: Zesco United v Kano Pillars

31 July-02 Aug: Al Hilal v Zesco United
31 July-02 Aug: Kano Pillars v Al Merreikh

14-16 Aug: Al Merreikh v Zesco United
14-16 Aug: Al Hilal v Kano Pillars

28-30 Aug: Zesco United v Al Merreikh
28-30 Aug: Kano Pillars v Al Hilal

11-13 Sept: Al Hilal v Al Merreikh
11-13 Sept: Kano Pillars v Zesco United

18-20 Sept: Zesco United v Al Hilal
18-20 Sept: Al Merreikh v Kano Pillars

GROUP B

17-19 July: TP Mazembe v Heartland
17-19 July: Monomotapa v Etoile du Sahel

31 July-02 Aug: Heartland v Monomotapa
31 July-02 Aug: Etoile du Sahel v TP Mazembe

14-16 Aug: TP Mazembe v Monomotapa
14-16 Aug: Heartland v Etoile du Sahel

28-30 Aug: Monomotapa v TP Mazembe
28-30 Aug: Etoile du Sahel v Heartland

11-13 Sept: Heartland v TP Mazembe
11-13 Sept: Etoile du Sahel v Monomotapa

18-20 Sept: Monomotapa v Heartland
18-20 Sept: TP Mazembe v Etoile du Sahel

Dates for final: First leg of weekend of 30 October-1 November, second leg on 6-8 November.

Semi-finals: First legs on 2-4 October, second legs on 16-18 October.



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