With the UEFA Champions League knockout round set to start in less than a fortnight, its African counterpart - the CAF Champions League - gets underway on Friday 7 February at the preliminary round with three-time winners Raja Casablanca of Morocco playing host to Diamond Stars of Sierra Leone.
Saturday 8 February 2014 - Notable matches
Kenyan side Gor Mahia - coached by scot Bobby Williamson - take on US Bitam of Gabon at the Moi International Sports Center.
1985 champions FAR Rabat of Morocco welcome AS Real Bamako from Mali at the Stade Moulay Abdellah in the Moroccan city of Rabat.
In Soweto, South African club Kaizer Chiefs will battle Namibian side Black Africa F.C at the FNB Stadium.
Sunday 9 February 2014 - Notable matches
Nigeria's Enyimba F.C - who won the competition in 2003 and 2004 - will welcome debutants Togolese side Ange de Notse at the Enyimba International Stadium.
DR.Congo giants AS Vita will entertain Kano Pillars of Nigeria at the Stade de Martyrs in Kinshasa.
Five-times champion Zamalek welcomes AS Douanes Niamey of Niger.
Ghana's Asante Kotoko play host to Liberia's Barrack Young Controllers at the Kumasi Sports stadium whilst Berekum Chelsea lock horns with South Sudanese side Atlabara F.C who are making their continental debut.
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