SC Villa pitted against Ethiopian Giants in CAF Champions League Preliminary Round

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Jogoos to ride on her rich history in African club football

• Can SC Villa join the ranks of KCCA FC and Vipers SC in the continental showpiece?

• Round two, a mountain to climb

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The stage is set for an exciting clash as Uganda Premier League champions SC Villa have been drawn against Ethiopia Premier League champions Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) in the preliminary round of the prestigious CAF Champions League. The draw, which took place at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, saw the two teams pitted against each other in what promises to be a thrilling encounter.

Coached by Dusan Stojanovic, SC Villa will have the home advantage in the first leg, set to take place on the weekend of 16th-18th August. The return leg will see the Ethiopian side hosting the Ugandan champions between 23rd-25th August 2024. With both teams eager to make their mark in the continental competition, the matches are expected to be fiercely contested.

Round two, a mountain to climb

The winner of this preliminary round will face off against the victor between last season’s semifinalists Young Africans from Tanzania or Burundi’s Vital’O in the subsequent round. This sets the stage for a challenging road ahead for SC Villa or CBE as they aim to progress further in the competition.

CBE, who secured promotion back to the Ethiopian Premier League at the start of the previous season, defied the odds by clinching the league title. The team boasts the talent of Ugandan forward Simon Peter Oketch, who previously featured for BUL FC, adding an intriguing dynamic to the clash against SC Villa.

Jogoos to ride on her rich history in African club football

For SC Villa, a successful campaign in the CAF Champions League could see them capture continental glory once again. The club has a rich history in African club football, having reached the final in the early 90s during the previous format of the competition. As they embark on this journey, SC Villa will be hoping to recreate that success and leave a mark on the current edition of the tournament.

Can SC Villa join the ranks of KCCA FC and Vipers SC in the continental showpiece?

The stakes are high in the preliminary round, with the ultimate prize being a spot in the group stage of the 2024/25 CAF Champions League. Only two Ugandan teams, KCCA FC and Vipers SC, have previously made it to the group phase of the competition. SC Villa will be looking to join this elite group of clubs by overcoming the challenges posed by CBE and potentially progressing further in the tournament.

As the countdown to the first leg begins, fans can look forward to an exciting clash between SC Villa and Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, with both teams eager to showcase their talents on the continental stage. The CAF Champions League promises to deliver thrilling moments and captivating football as the quest for glory unfolds.

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