Holders Esperance of Tunisia were handed a favourable pool for the group stages of the African Champions League on when Friday.

The Tunisian club major rivals in Group B will be 1995 champions Orlando Pirates, of South Africa, while they also take on Horoya FC, from Guinea, and Zimbabwe champions FC Platinum.

Group A is likely to be more tightly-contested, containing South Africa’s 2016 winners Mamelodi Sundowns, Morocco’s 2017 champions Wydad Casablanca, Nigeria’s Lobi Stars and past holders ASEC Mimosas, from Ivory Coast.

Democratic Republic of Congo giants TP Mazembe will be confident of topping Group C which features three north African sides in Club Africain (Tunisia), CS Constantine (Algeria) and Ismaily (Egypt).

Egypt’s eight-time winners Al Ahly are the headline act in a Group D that will see them take on Simba SC (Tanzania), JS Saoura (Algeria) and AS Vita Club (DR Congo).

The group stage begins on Jan. 11-13 and will be completed by mid-March.

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