The draw for the 2021-22 CAF TotalEnergies Confederation Cup playoff round has been released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The draw took place at CAF’s headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday 26 October has Liberian domestic league champions LPRC Oilers paired against South Africa’s giants Orlando Pirates in the second preliminary round.
After being eliminated from the CAF champions league which is the premium club competition in Africa in a two-leg clash to Moroccan side Raja Athletic Club, the Oilers are keen on finding themselves a bit of consolation in the secondary CAF competition in their bid to get continental silverware, but the Tuesday’s draw indicates that it is going to be a different case study for the Liberians as they take on tough oppositions in the Confederation Cup.
Oilers flunked on a heavy 4-0 aggregate defeat to Raja Athletic respectively in Marrakech and Casablanca, Morocco in the group stage of the champions league.
LPRC Oilers are among 32 teams battling for 16 slots available at the group stage.
Pirates played at the final of the competition in 2015. They last eliminated Congo-Brazzaville club Diables Noirs in the first preliminary round to reach this stage.
The Liberian giants are expected to host the South Africans in the first leg tie on 28 November before setting up for a return-match in South Africa on the 5th of December in a bid to qualify for the group stage of the tournament.
The last time a Liberian club played a South African side in the CAF Confederation Cup playoff round was in 2017 when BYC (now dissolved) played SuperSport United.
BYC lost 6-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw at home and a 5-0 defeat in South Africa.
Winner from the two-legged tie will qualify for the next phase which is the group stage and be awarded a hefty sum of U$ 275k.
The CAF Confederation Cup is secondary competition for African club football ranked below the CAF Champions League.
The 2021-22 edition is the 19th having been inaugurated in 2004.
Moroccan side Raja Athletic Club are the current champions of the tournament.
LPRC Oilers (Liberia) vs Orlando Pirates (South Africa)
TP Mazembe (DR Congo) vs Marumo Gallants (South Africa)
Hearts of Oak (Ghana) vs JS Saoura (Algeria)
Rivers United (Nigeria) vs Al Masry (Egypt)
Al Ittihad (Libya) vs Enyimba (Nigeria)
Tusker (Kenya) vs CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
Royal Leopards vs JS Kabylie (Algeria)
Stade Malian vs Biashara United (Tanzania) or Al Ahli SC (Libya)
Gor Mahia (Kenya) vs AS Otoho (Congo-Brazzaville)
Zanaco FC (Zambia) v Binga FC (Mali)
Simba SC (Tanzania) v Red Arrows (Zambia)
ASEC Mimosas (Ivory Coast) v Interclube (Angola)
AS Maniema Union (DR Congo) vs Pyramids (Egypt)
Nouadhibou (Mauritania) v Cotonsport (Cameroon)
US Gendarmerie Nationale (Niger) v DC Motema Pembe (DR Congo)
APR (Rwanda) v RS Berkane (Morocco).