Mamelodi Sundowns player Percy Tau (C) fights for the ball with Esperance players during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Esperance and Mamelodi Sundowns at Stade Olympique In Tunis, Tunisia on 21 June 2017 © BackpagePix
Monday Jul 10, 2017. 12:00
The quarterfinal ties for the CAF Champions League have been confirmed following this weekend’s completion of the group phase of the competition.
Surprise Libyan contenders Al Ahli Tripoli put Zamalek (the 2016 runners-up) out of the competition last night and their reward is a tie against Group A winners Etoile du Sahel.
Group B winners USM Alger will feel they have been given the prime draw by being paired with Mozambican side Ferroviario Beira, who in all likelihood wouldn’t have qualified were it not for the suspension of Sudanese sides Al Merrikh and Al Hilal in Group A.
The Champions League’s most successful side, Al Ahly of Egypt, will have their credentials put to the sternest test by Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis in arguably the pick of the quarterfinal ties.
The Red Devils and the Blood and Gold share 10 Champions League titles between them and famously met in a fearsome final in 2012 which ended 3-2 in favour of the Egyptians.
And finally, title holders Mamelodi Sundowns will have to improve their form if they are to overcome Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca, who topped a tough Group D ahead of Ahly, Zanaco and Coton Sport.
The quarterfinals will be played over two legs, with the matches set for the weekends of September 8-10 and 15-17.
CAF Champions League quarterfinal ties
Teams named first are the hosts for the first legs
Al Ahli Tripoli v Etoile du Sahel
Al Ahly v Esperance de Tunis
Ferroviario Beira v USM Alger
Mamelodi Sundowns v Wydad Casablanca
1st legs - 8-10 September
2nd legs - 15-17 September