As the CAF premier inter-clubs competition enters its 55th edition, Nigeria’s lone entry, Lobi Stars will begin quest for honour in Cameroon as they play away to Union des Mouvements Sportifs de Loum (UMS de Loum) later this month. The return leg comes up in the first week of December.
The early commencement results from a transitional calendar which CAF put in place in order to switch from the traditional February to November calendar to an August to May schedule.
That is the outcome of a CAF Executive Committee meeting last year July 20. The change of calendar also affects the Africa Cup of Nations which has moved from the usual January/February timetable to that of June/July, just like the World Cup.
The calendar for the opening round is crowded. The winner of the Lobi/UMS clash in the first week of December will also play the second round duel later that month against the winners of Kenya’s Gor Mahia and Malawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets.