Hearts of Oak to face Algerian side JS Souara in Caf Confederation playoffs


The Phobians will have to travel to North Africa once again for the Caf Confederation playoffs after they were paired with the Eagles

Ghana Premier League champions Hearts of Oak have been handed another tough opponents in the playoffs of the Caf Confederation Cup few days after they were eliminated from the Caf Champions League by Moroccan giants Wydad Athletic Club.

The Phobians have been paired with Algerian side JS Saoura and will travel to Algeria next month for the first leg before they host them in the return fixture.

Unlike Hearts who started their season in the Caf Champions League, Souara eliminated Mauritanian club Concord in the preliminary round of the Confederation Cup to reach this stage.

Hearts were among the sixteen clubs that were eliminated from the Caf Champions League after suffering a 6-1 drubbing against Wydad AC last weekend.

Saoura wasformed on June 10, 1968, following the merger of the JSB (Jeunesse Sportive Bécharienne) and the ESD (Étoile du Sud de Debdaba) The club was re-established in September 2008 in the municipality of Méridja and was called as Jeunesse Sportive de la Saoura, was born JS Saoura with 4 disciplines Football – Tennis – Volley ball and judo. During the 2008–09 season, JS Saoura played in the Bechar Regional League, where it finished in first place and won the promotion to Inter-regions.

The following season, JS Saoura won the West group of the Inter-region division. During the 2010–11 season, JS Saoura finished first in the Center-West Group of the Ligue Nationale du Football Amateur. This allows him to access Ligue 2. On April 17, 2012, the JSS defeated SA Mohammadia 3–1, to end the season in second place in Ligue 2.

The club therefore moved up to Ligue 1 and joined for the first time in its history the elite of Algerian football. The club achieved promotion four times in a row to reach in the 2012–13 season to the Algerian Ligue Professionnelle 1 as the first club from the southwest, and with financing from Entreprise Nationale de Forage (ENAFOR) a firm of the petroleum company Sonatrach with 75% of the shares, the rest is held by the Amateur Sports Club.


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