Egyptian clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek, who contest the 2020 CAF Champions League final on November 27, are among 11 former title-holders who have qualified for the next edition.
The draws for the preliminary and last-32 rounds of the elite African club competition and the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup will be made in Cairo today.
Of the clubs who reached the Champions League quarter-finals this season, only Tunisian outfit Etoile Sahel failed to make it again with Esperance and CS Sfaxien representing the nation.
Apart from the 11 former winners, six clubs have won other CAF competitions will be contenders, including Gor Mahia of Kenya and Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.
There are four former African champions among the Confederation Cup entrants -- Entente Setif and JS Kabylie of Algeria, Orlando Pirates of South Africa and Etoile Sahel.
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Here, AFP Sport rounds up football news from Africa.
Bloemfontein Celtic may be cash strapped, lack stars and have an inexperienced coach in Malawian John Maduka, but it has not stopped them reaching a second successive South African knockout competition final.
The club from the central city defeated title-holders SuperSport United 1-0 in the second leg of an MTN 8 semi-final to win 2-1 on aggregate and will face Orlando Pirates or Kaizer Chiefs for the trophy.
Victor Letsoalo scored for the 2019/2020 FA Cup runners-up on 50 minutes by darting on to a quickly taken free-kick and poking the ball past goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.
Joash Onyango was the villain and the hero for Tanzanian Premier League defending champions Simba as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with fierce rivals Young Africans in Dar es Salaam.
The Kenyan conceded a penalty which Ghanaian Michael Sarpong converted in the first half for Yanga, but he atoned by equalising five minutes from time. Ice cream company club Azam top the table with 25 points after 10 rounds, Young Africans have 24 and Simba 20.
Defending Zambian Premier League champions Nkana won for the first time this season at the third attempt with an Idris Mbombo goal delivering a 1-0 away win over Kabwe.
The record 13-time champions lost their first match and drew the second, leaving them ninth in the 18-club championship with four points, three less than pacesetters Forest Rangers.
Rangers surrendered a 100 percent record when held 1-1 at home by Lusaka Dynamos, but are top of the table on goal difference from Red Arrows.[AFP]