Malawi title favourites, Be Forward Wanderers will begin the campaign of their African Champions League title against 2014 CAF Champions League finalists AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the play off.
The 2018 Champions League will begin on the weekend of 9-11 February with the two-leg final set for November.
the Nomads will have to win the two-legged tie if they are to reach the next phase of Africa’ biggest football competition.
A draw conducted at Confederations African Football (CAF) headquarters in Cairo, Egypt also saw another Malawi representative Masters Security handed a tough opponent. They were drawn against Atletico Petroleos of Angola.
Wanderers chairperson Gift Mkandawire said : It’s a draw. Our reaction must be positive.”
He added: “In champions league you must be ready to face the best teams.”
Masters Security owner Alfred Gangata also said that playing the ‘best teams’ is part and parcel of competing in the competition.
The last time Malawi had a representative in the continental competition was in 2014 when Nyasa Big Bullets reached the second round of the preliminary stage before being eliminated by Al Hilal of Sudan.
In 2004, Bullets made Malawi proud when they reached the quarterfinals of the competition.
For the first time ever neibhouring Zambia had two teams in the draw with Zanaco, who reached the group stage in 2017 drawn to play Gambia Armed Forces, while Zesco United will play Zanzibar’s JKU SC.
2018 African Champions League draw
- St George (Ethiopia) v Al Salam (South Sudan)
- CNaPS (Madagascar) v Kampala Capital City Authority (Uganda)
- Zanaco (Zambia) v Gambia Armed Forces (Gambia)
- Bantu FC (Lesotho) v Mbabane Swallows (Swaziland)
- Stade Malien (Mali) v Williamsville AC (Ivory Coast)
- Al Tahadi (Libya) v Aduana Stars (Ghana)
- Entente Setif (Algeria) v Olympic Real Bangui (Central African Republic)
- Real Bamako (Mali) v MFM FC (Nigeria)
- AS Otoho (Congo) v Mouloudia Alger (Algeria)
- AS Fan (Niger) v Horoya (Guinea)
- Generation Foot (Senegal) v Misr Makassa (Egypt)
- Young Africans (Tanzania) v St Louis (Seychelles)
- Township Rollers (Botswana) v Al Merreikh (Sudan)
- Gor Mahia (Kenya) v Leones Vegetarianos (Equatorial Guinea)
- ASAC Concorde (Mauritania) v Esperance (Tunisia)
- Plateau United (Nigeria) v Eding Sport (Cameroon)
- AC Leopards (Congo) v AS Port Lome (Togo)
- LISCR FC (Liberia) v Al Hilal (Sudan)
- JKU SC (Zanzibar) v Zesco United (Zambia)
- Benin representative v Asec Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
- Ngaya Club (Comoros Islands) v UD Songo (Mozambique)
- DH El Jadidi (Morocco) v Benfica (Guinea Bissau)
- AS Vita Club (DR Congo) v Be Forward Wanderers (Malawi)
- Primeiro Agosto (Angola) v FC Platinum (Zimbabwe)
- Bidvest Wits (South Africa) v Pamplemousse SC (Mauritius)
- Rayon Sports (Rwanda) v Lydia Ludic Burundi Academic (Burundi)
Second round (teams in bold given a bye):
- St George or Al Salam v CNaPS or Kampala Capital City Authority
- Zanaco or Gambia Armed Forces v Bantu FC or Mbabane Swallows
- Wydad Casablanca (Morocco, holders)v Stade Malien or Williamsville AC
- Al Tahadi or Aduana Stars v Entente Setif or Olympic Real Bangui
- Al Ahly (Egypt)v CF Mounana or RC Kadiogo
- Real Bamako or MFM FC v AS Otoho or Mouloudia Alger
- AS Fan or Horoya v Generation Foot or Misr Makassa
- Young Africans or St Louis v Township Rollers or Al Merreikh
- Gor Mahia or Leones Vegetarianos v ASAC Concorde or Esperance
- Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) v Plateau United or Eding Sport
- AC Leopards or AS Port Lome v LISCR FC or Al Hilal
- JKU SC or Zesco United v Benin representative or Asec Abidjan
- TP Mazembe (DR Congo)v Ngaya Club or UD Songo
- DH El Jadidi or Benfica v AS Vita Club or Be Forward Wanderers
- Primeiro Agosto or FC Platinum v Bidvest Wits or Pamplemousse SC
- Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)v Rayon Sports or Lydia Ludic Burundi Academic