Zamalek to play Chad's Elect sport, Ahly face possible Tunisian test in Champions League

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Aug 2022

Zamalek were drawn against Chad's Elect Sport in the first preliminary round of the African Champions League while last year's runners-up Ahly could face a Tunisian opponent in the following stage.

Ahly s players celebrate after a goal during the first leg CAF champions league semi-final football match between Tunisia s Esperance Sportive de Tunis and Egypt s al-Ahly at the Olympic Stadium in Rades on the eastern outskirts of Tunisia s capital Tunis on June 19, 2021. AFP


Ahly, who were given a bye into the second preliminary round, will meet the winners of a first-round clash featuring APR Rwanda and Tunisia's US Monastir for a place in the group stage.

Monastir, who finished as runners-up in the Tunisian league last season, will make their first ever Champions League appearance. They took part in the Confederation Cup last season but were eliminated from the play-offs after losing to Moroccan side Raja 6-5 on penalties.

Ahly missed out the chance of winning a record third straight Champions League title after losing 2-0 to Morocco's Wydad in the final, which took place in Casablanca in May.

Zamalek, Egypt's other representatives in the Champions League, will face an easy test against Elect Sport. Should they progress, they will meet either Flambeau du Centre of Burundi or Libya's Ittihad in the second preliminary round.

They will play the first leg away from home on 9, 10 or 11 September while the second leg will take place in Cairo a week later.

Zamalek, who last won the coveted trophy in 2002, were eliminated from the group stage last season.

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