• CAF CL: African Champions League draw completed

    (BBC Sport) Wydad Casablanca of Morocco will begin the defence of their African Champions League title against either Mali's Stade Malien or newcomers Williamsville AC of Ivory Coast.

    As the reigning champions, Wydad are one of five teams to be given a bye into the second round of the tournament, which begins in March.

    The 16 winners of the second round ties will advance to the group stage of the tournament.

    The 2018 Champions League will begin on the weekend of 9-11 February with the two-leg final set for November.

    A change in the calendar for the Confederation of African Football means that the next Champions Leagues will begin in December 2018 and run through to May 2019.

    After the 2019 final the competition will be held from August or September through to May of the next year.

    2018 African Champions League draw

    First Round:

    DH El Jadidi (Morocco) v Benfica (Guinea Bissau)

    Second round (teams in bold given a bye):

    Wydad Casablanca (Morocco, holders)v Stade Malien or Williamsville AC

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