Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits start their African adventures this weekend when the two major continental competitions kick-off, all four teams away from home.
It’s a journey which could potentially stretch right through to the end of the year, and could involve 10 plus matches as South Africa’s representatives travel across the length and breadth of Africa, meeting some of the continent’s giants along the way while also having to encounter some of the lesser known but potentially tricky minnows.
The four clubs can look to Orlando Pirates for inspiration, the Buccaneers having shown the type of courage and commitment that is needed to succeed on the continent after reaching the 2013 CAF Champions League and the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup final.
CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (20th edition)
Last three winners: 2015 – TP Mazembe (DR Congo), 2014- ES Sétif (Algeria), 2013 – Al Ahly (Egypt).
It is Chiefs and Sundowns who will be flying South Africa’s flag in the premier competition, the CAF Champions League, which sees 46 teams entered into the draw. The Brazilians are up against Zimbabwean opposition in Chicken Inn, while Chiefs face up to the Comoros champions, Volcan Club.
First leg: Sunday 14 February: Volcan Club de Moroni v Kaizer Chiefs – Stade de Moroni, 15:00 local time
First leg: Saturday 13 February: Chicken Inn FC v Mamelodi Sundowns, Luveve Stadium, Bulawayo, 15:00 local time
CAF CONFEDERATION CUP (13th edition)
Last three winners: 2016 – Étoile du Sahel (Tunisia), 2015: Al Ahly (Egypt), CS Sfaxien (Tunisia)
Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits are the PSL representatives in the Confederations Cup. The Urban Warriors will play Angolan side Sagrada Esperança, while the Clever Boys travel to the Seychelles to take on Lightstars FC.
First leg: Saturday 13 February: Sagrada Esperança v Ajax Cape Town, Estadio Sagrada Esperança, 15:00 local time
First leg: Saturday 13 February: Lightstars FC v Bidvest Wits, Bidvest Wits, Amitie Stadium, 16:00 local time
* The second leg matches will be played in two weeks time.