Nigeria’s representative in the 2019 CAF Champions League competition, Lobi Stars have been handed a tough draw reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The draw was held at the luxury Cairo hotel in Egypt.
The Markurdi based outfit will face 2017 Champions, Wydad Casablanca, Mamelodi Sundowns and ASEC Mimosas of the Ivory Coast in group A.
It will be the third consecutive season in which Wydad and Sundowns clash in the competition with the Moroccans winning two, drawing one and losing one of the previous four matches.
CAF Champions League trophy-holders Esperance of Tunisia will face Horoya of Guinea, Orlando Pirates of South Africa and FC Platinum of Zimbabwe in the 2018/2019 group phase in group B.
TP Mazembe, the other DR Congo challengers and five-time CAF champions, were placed in Group C with Club Africain of Tunisia, debutants CS Constantine of Algeria and Ismaily of Egypt.
The Congolese have won three of the last 10 Champions League finals while 1991 champions Club Africain are back in the group phase after a 21-year absence.
Record eight-time champions Al Ahly are in Group D with 1973 winners V Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Simba SC of Tanzania and newcomers JS Saoura of Algeria. After losing the last two Champions League finals, Ahly are desperate for a ninth title and recently changed coaches, replacing Frenchman Patrice Carteron with Uruguayan Martin Lasarte.
GroupsGroup A: Lobi Stars, Wydad Casablanca, ASEC Mimosas, Mamelodi Sundowns
Group B: FC Platinum, Horoya, Esperance, Orlando Pirates
Group C: TP Mazembe, Club Africain, Constantnois, Ismailly
Group D: Al Ahly, Simba FC, FS Saoura, AS Vita