Gamcel faces Armed Forces in Confed Cup
|New comers Steve Biko faces tough test in African Champions League (Photo Credit: KickOff Gambia)|
The 2013 Gambian league champions Steve Biko have been handed what appears to be a tough task in the preliminary stages of the 2014 CAF Champions League after they were drawn against Algerian league winners Entente Sportive (ES) de Setif.
The games are a two-legged affair to be played in Algeria and The Gambia in the weekend of
7-9 February, 2014 with the return leg in Banjul coming a week later.
The winner of the tie will face either Senegalese champions Diambar FC or Burkina Faso’s Association Sportive du Faso-Yennenga.
While Biko are participating in their first ever season amongst the elites of African champions by virtue of winning their first ever Gambian championship last season, the four-time Algerian champions have a great pedigree in the CAF Champions League and are serial campaigners. ES Setif has in the past won the African Cup of Club Champions and the Arab Champions League twice.
Biko’s Vice President Sulayman Drammeh has called for more sponsorship to avoid setbacks due to financial constraints.
Biko be hoping to reach the group stages of the continental competition as no other Gambian team has ever gone that far.
Meanwhile, African Champions Al Ahly and Tunisia's Esperance are two of six clubs that have been given a bye in the preliminary round. The other clubs are Confederation Cup winners CS Sfaxien, TP Mazembe of DR Congo, Al Hilal of Sudan and Cameroon's Coton Sport. A total of 52 clubs have entered for next year's competition.
- Gamcel faces Armed Forces in Confed Cup
Gambia’s FA Cup champions Gamcel have been drawn against Sierra Leone’s Armed Forces in the CAF Confederations Cup preliminary rounds.
The Armed Forces are entering a continental championship for the first time and will host Gamcel in Freetown in the weekend of 7-9 February, 2014. The return leg will be played in Banjul a week later.
The winner over two legs will face either Moroccan side Difaa El Jadida or Burkina Faso’s Sportive SONABEL in the first round proper.
Gamtel be hoping to reach the group stages of the continental competition as no other Gambian team has ever gone that far.
Written by Omar Bah
- Source: The Voice Newspaper, Serekunda, The Gambia