AfricanFootball previews the weekend’s Champions League action

AfricanFootball previews the weekend’s Champions League action
Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns on 07 May 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday May 11, 2017. 19:00

AfricanFootball looks ahead to the weekend’s CAF Champions League group stage action, which will see eight matches played across the continent.

Matchday 1 gets underway with a busy Friday evening in North and East Africa, starting with a Group C clash between Tunisia’s Esperance de Tunis and DR Congo giants AS Vita at the Olympic Stadium in Rades.

Group A features a derby between Sudanese rivals Al Hilal and Al Merrikh in Omdurman, while Mozambique’s Ferroviario de Beira face a tough trip to Sousse to battle Etoile du Sahel.

After the rush of matches to start the weekend, Saturday sees just a pair of matches - but they feature two of the biggest names on the continent: title holders Mamelodi Sundowns will host Ethiopia’s Saint George in Tshwane, while eight-time champions Al Ahly will welcome Zambia’s Zanaco to the Borg El Arab Stadium outside of Alexandria.

The weekend wraps up with the final Group D clash on Sunday night, which sees Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca host Cameroon giants Coton Sport.

CAF Champions League fixtures
Group stage, Matchday 1, all times CAT

Friday 12 May
Group C - Esperance de Tunis v AS Vita, 17h00
Group A - Etoile du Sahel v Ferroviario de Beira, 19h00
Group B - USM Alger v Al Ahli Tripoli, 19h00
Group B - Zamalek v CAPS United, 21h00
Group A - Al Hilal v Al Merrikh, 21h00

Saturday 13 May
Group C - Mamelodi Sundowns v Saint George, 17h00
Group D - Al Ahly v Zanaco, 19h00

Sunday 14 May
Group D - Wydad Casablanca v Coton Sport, 22h00

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