The draw for the 2015 Africa champions league has been made. Gor Mahia have been pitted against CNAPs of Madagascar. The first leg of the preliminary round will be played between 13th and 15th February in Nairobi while the return leg will be from 27th February to 1st March in Madagascar. The winner will play against AC Leopards of Congo-Brazzaville in the first round
Who are CNAPS
CNAPs which stands for Caisse Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale Madagascar is the team sponsored by the national sociel welfare organization of Madagascar. Like Gor Mahia, they have won the national league two times in a row (2013 and 2014). They also won the league in 2010 making a total of 3 league wins. They won the Madagascar cup only once in 2011 and the Supercup once (2011).
The club does not have much of a history. In Madagascar, the turnover of teams is very high and teams last for only about 5-10 years.
In 2014, they were eliminated in the preliminary round of the Africa champions league after losing 0-1 to Liga Muculmana of Mozambique. They are based in Mianarivo which is 100 km from the capital Antananarivo.
Their squad is built entirely of players from Madagascar, not a single foreigner. And seven of them play for the Madagascan national team including goalkeeper Anatole Ndriamparany, defender Tobisoa Njakanirina, midfielders Mickael Rabeson, Jimmy Simouri and Njiva Rakotoharimalala, striker Jeannot Vombola and another defender with the comical name Pierralit Tovonay
On another note, now that the draw has been made, should Gor Mahia pull out of the competition, in addition to a hefty fine, they face a 3 year ban from CAF related activities.