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Egypt's Ahly sets 6 March as date for CAF Champions League first test

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 13 Feb 2018
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Egypt's champions Ahly have settled on 6 March as the date of their first match in the 2018 CAF Champions League, the Cairo giants announced on Tuesday.

The Reds will be facing the winner of the match between Gabon's CF Mounana and Burkina Faso's Rail Club du Kadiogo in the prestigious African tournament round of 32.

"We sent a letter for the Egyptian Football Association to inform CAF that we selected 6 March for playing the first leg of the Champions league round of 32," Ahly said in a statement on its official website.

The game will be played at Cairo International Stadium, while the return match, the date of which has not yet been determined, will be played outside Egypt.

Burkina Faso's Rail Club du Kadiogo defeated Gabon's CF Mounana 1-0 at home in the preliminary round first leg. The return match will be played on 20 February in Gabon.

Last season's Champions Wydad of Morocco and runners-up Ahly were exempted by the African football governing body from playing at the preliminary round alongside DR Congo's TP Mazembe, South Africa's Sundowns and Tunisia's Étoile Sportive du Sahel. The quintet will appear directly in the round of 32.

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