‘Thorny’ CAF Cup opener for Ajax

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Ajax Cape Town, who drew a bye in the first round, will be at home to Indian Ocean islanders Anse Reunion of Seychelles, who disposed of Petite Reviere of Mauritius 2-1 on aggregate in the first round.

Craig Rosslee and his Urban Warriors are unlikely to know much about their visitors and are bound to be more than a bit confused when they see the Anse team list submitted to CAF.

It contains eight players with the surname ‘Rose’ – Ricky, Bernard, Simon, Dana, Roderick, Dervik, Yelvany and Verna. Four of them, Ricky, Roderick, Verna and Yelvany, play for the island’s national team, the Pirates.

Apart from the Roses, Anse also use a trio of Kenyan players, striker James Omondi, towering defender Zablon Amanaka and midfielder Sila Gwada. The first two named have both seen CAF action with their national team, the Harambee Stars, in the past.

The full Caf draw is: Issia Wazi (Ivory Coast) v US Masseda (Togo) Rachad Bernoussi (Morocco) v Esperance (Tunisia) Djoliba (Mali) v Satellite FC (Guinea) Petro Atletico (Angola) v Mangasport (Gabon) Linguere (Senegal) v Entente Bingerville (Ivory Coast) CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) v JSM Bejaia (Algeria) Astres Douala (Cameroon) v Maniema Union (DR Congo) AS V Club (DR Congo) v Express (Uganda) Young Africans (Tanzania) v Al Akhdar (Libya) Mouloudia Algeria (Algeria) v Haras El Hodoud (Egypt) Green Buffaloes (Zambia) v Highlanders (Zimbabwe) Al Merreikh (Sudan) v Harar Beer (Ethiopia) Ajax Cape Town (South Africa) v Anse Reunion (Seychelles) Primerio Maio (Angola) v Mount Cameroon FC (Cameroon) Casa Sports (Senegal) v Dolphin FC (Nigeria) Wikki Tourist (Nigeria) v Asante Kotoko (Ghana)

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