South African league winners Pirates get a trip to a tropical island at the start of their African Champions League campaignOrlando Pirates have been handed an easy start to their African Champions League campaign and will play opposition from the tiny Comoros Islands in the first round in February.
But South Africa’s other representatives SuperSport United start their African Confederation Cup campaign in tricky Democratic Republic of Congo where they meet CS Don Bosco of Lubumbashi in the first round.
The draws for two 2013 African club competitions were supposed to have been released by the Confederation of African Football on Sunday but were only made late on Monday.
Pirates will host Djabal from the Comoros, the Indian Ocean island nation who have only been playing international football for the last five years, in the first leg on the weekend of February 15-17. The return leg is a fortnight later on the weekend of March 1-3.
Djabal hail from Iconi on the main islands of the small archipelago and will be making their debut in continental club competition.
Should Pirates win they will take on opposition from either Zambia or Swaziland in the second round.
SuperSport’s opponents are making their debut in continental competition. The winner plays Petro Atletico of Angola in the second round.