The full draw: Hearts get Esperance in Caf Confederations Cup draw

Hearts have been drawn against Esperance in the third round of the Caf Confederations Cup after the draw was made on Tuesday.

The Tunisian giants had been a surprise elimination from the Champions League when they were beaten by El Merreikh at the weekend. Esperance paid the price for conceding an away goal after losing the opening leg 1-0 and winning the second leg 2-1 at home.

This meant the North Africans – together with three other losers at the weekend – dropped to the Confederations Cup.

They have now been drawn with Hearts, Warri Wolves, Orlando Pirates and ASEC Mimosas who qualified from the second round of Confed Cup qualifiers.

The Phobians are fresh from a win against Mali’s Djoliba and will relish meeting the two-time Caf Champions League winners.

The incentive at this stage is that beating Esperance over two legs takes Hearts into the lucrative money zone, where no Ghanaian team has been since Berekum Chelsea’s attempt in 2012.

The draw
AC Leopards (Congo) v Warri Wolves (Nigeria)
CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) v ASEC Mimosas (Ivory Coast)
AS Vita (DRC) v Stade Malien (Mali)
Orlando Pirates (South Africa) v AS Kaloum (Guinea)

Sanga Balende (DRC) v Zamalek (Egypt)
Raja Casablanca (Morocco) v Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)

Esperance (Tunisia) v Hearts of Oak (Ghana)
Al Ahly (Egypt) v Club Africain (Tunisia)
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Story by Ghana/Joy Sports/Gary Al-Smith

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