It seems so near, yet so far. The 2019/2020 Total CAF Champions League group stages are just 90 minutes away.
But that is as far as many will get to the money bracket of the 56th edition of African clubs premier competition.
Football-256 takes a comprehensive look through the status of different teams ahead of the second leg encounters of the final qualification round.
Uganda Premier League champions KCCA, play host to Angolan side Atlético Petróleos de Luanda at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo on Friday September 27th.
The tie could go either way, after both sides played to a goalless draw in Angola, during the first leg. A win for either will guarantee progress, with penalties required if it remains goalless after normal time.
Salim Jamal Magoola’s Al-Hilal Omdurman, find themselves with a similar scenario as KCCA when they host Nigerian giants Enyimba at Al-Hilal Stadium, Sudan on Sunday 29th, September.
Both sides played to a goalless stalemate at the Enyimba international stadium in the first leg, with Al-Hilal holding on despite being reduced to ten men inside the opening 20th minute. Only a victory will be required if either teams are to progress.
2015 CAF Champions league winners TP Mazembe welcome Madagascar champions Fosa Juniors at the Stade TP Mazembe, Lubumbashi on Sunday 29th. The tie is still level on aggregate after Fosa held Joseph Ochaya and Co to a goalless draw in the first leg.
Victory by either will be enough to guarantee progress to the group stages.
Tanzanian giants Yanga Africans, home to Juma Balinya will also need nothing else other than a win when they travel to Zambia to take on Zesco United at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
Zesco grabbed a dramatic late equalizer in Tanzania as both sides settled for a 1-1 stalemate in the first leg.
Victory for either sides will see them make the group stages, however, a goalless draw will be enough to guarantee progress for Zesco. But a 1-1 draw will force the game into extra time, while any draw of over one goal will guarantee Yanga Africans a place in the group stages.
In South Africa, Denis Onyango’s Mamelodi Sundowns have one leg already in the group stages after registering a huge 5-0 away victory over Seychelles side Cote d’or in their first leg encounter.
The two sides will face off again in the second leg on Saturday 28th, at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium. Cote d’or will need to overcome the first leg result with a 6-0 win if they are to make it to the group stages.
In Morocco, Murushid Juuko’s Wydad Casablanca is looking to seal it at their home ground when they host Mauritania’s Nouadhibou at Stade Mohammed V on Sunday September 29th; Wydad hold a comfortable 2-0 advantage ahead of the second leg clash.
Shafic Batambuze’s Gor Mahia will have to dig deeper if they are to make it to the group stage of the competition. The financially stricken side required intervention from the Kenyan government to make the trip to Algeria for the first leg encounter which they subsequently lost 4-1 against USM Algers.
In the second leg encounter which will be played at Moi International Sports Centre on Sunday 29th, the Kenyan Premier League champions need victory by not less than three goals to overturn the aggregate score.
Meanwhile, former Uganda Cranes head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic needs to galvanise his Zamalek side when they host Senegalese side Sportive Génération Foot at Petro Sport Stadium on Sunday.
Zamalek lost the first leg encounter 2-1 in Senegal and a 1-0 win will see them through to the group stages on goal difference, any sort of draw will cement a spot for Sportive Génération Foot.
CAF Champions League Round one qualifiers second leg Fixtures
27.09. 16:00 KCCA FC (Uga) – Petro Atletico (Ang)
27.09. 20:00 Mamelodi Sundowns (Rsa) – Cote d’Or (Sey)
27.09. 21:00 Esperance Tunis (Tun) – Elect Sport (Cha)
28.09. 16:00 UD Songo (Moz) – Platinum (Zim)
28.09. 19:00 Al Ahly (Egy) – Cano Sport (Gnq)
28.09. 19:00 AS Vita Club (Drc) – ASC Kara (Tog)
28.09. 19:00 Etoile Sahel (Tun) – Asante Kotoko (Gha)
28.09. 19:00 Raja Casablanca (Mar) – Al Nasr (Lby)
28.09. 19:00 ZESCO (Zam) – Young Africans (Tan)
29.09. 16:00 Gor Mahia (Ken) – USM Alger (Alg)
29.09. 17:30 TP Mazembe (Drc) – Fosa Juniors (Mad)
29.09. 19:00 Horoya (Gui) – JS Kabylie (Alg)
29.09. 19:00 Primeiro de Agosto (Ang) – Green Eagles (Zam)
29.09. 20:30 Al-Hilal Omdurman (Sud) – Enyimba (Nga)
29.09. 21:00 Zamalek (Egy) – Generation F. (Sen)
29.09. 22:00 Wydad (Mar) – Nouadhibou (Mrt)