Monday Sep 14, 2015. 13:34
The finals of the 2015 CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup could turn out to be Sudanese and Egyptian derbies respectively.
This follows the completion of the group stage of both continental competitions this past weekend and the subsequent confirmation of the semifinal line-ups.
Read: Al Hilal crawl into Champions League’s last four
In the Champions League, Sudanese clubs Al Hilal and Al Merreikh both finished in second place in their groups, meaning they will face up to USM Alger and TP Mazembe respectively in the semifinals.
Perhaps it is more likely that the Algerian and DR Congo clubs will meet in the final, but both Hilal and Merreikh have proven tough opponents this year and the prospect of an all Sudanese match to determine Africa’s champion club for 2015 is not a far-fetched concept.
In the Confederation Cup, the prospect of a Cairo derby between Al Ahly and Zamalek in the final looms large.
Read: Bucs lose to Zamalek, now face Al Ahly
The Egyptian pair, as well as South Africa’s Orlando Pirates and Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel, were already assured of their places in the semifinals – it was just a case of the weekend’s results deciding the finishing order and subsequent semifinal pairings.
Ahly’s 1-0 win over Stade Malien assured them of top spot in Group A, while Zamalek crushed Pirates 4-1 to confirm their dominance of Group B.
Ahly will now face Pirates in the semis in a repeat of the 2013 Champions League final which the Egyptian team won 3-1 on aggregate, while Zamalek will tackle Etoile.
Champions League semifinal fixtures:
Al Merreikh v TP Mazembe
Al Hilal v USM Alger
TP Mazembe v Al Merreikh
USM Alger v Al Hilal
Confederation Cup semifinal fixtures:
Orlando Pirates v Al Ahly
Etoile Sahel v Zamalek
Al Ahly v Orlando Pirates
Zamalek v Etoile Sahel