Difficult tests for Ahly, Zamalek at Champions League Group stage

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Monday 12 Dec 2022

Egyptian giants Ahly and Zamalek will be facing difficult tests at the African Champions League Group stage as the draw was announced on Monday.

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The draw that took place in CAF headquarters in Cairo set Ahly once again against stiff opponents Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in Group B alongside Sudan’s Al-Hilal and Cameroon’s Coton Sport.

Meanwhile, Cairo rivals Zamalek came in Group D with other heavyweights Esperance Tunis of Tunisia, Algeria’s CR Belouizdad and Sudan’s Al Merrikh SC.

Earlier in October, the ten-time African Champions League winners Ahly reached the prestigious tournament group stage after securing a 4-0 aggregate victory over Tunisia's US Monastir.

Meanwhile, five-time Champions League winners Zamalek booked a place at the same round after passing Burundi's Flambeau du Centre with a 6-1 aggregate win.

Ahly lost last edition of the Champions league after losing 2-0 to Morocco’s Wydad in the final.

The first round of the Group stage games will be held on 10 and 11 February; the second on 17 and 18 February; the third on 24 and 25 February; the fourth on 6 and7 March; the fifth on 17 and 18 March; and finally the sixth will be played on 31 March and 1 April.

The full draw of the African Champions League Group stage :

Group A

Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)

Petro Atletico (Angola)

JS Kabylie (Algeria)

Vita Club (DR Congo)


Group B

Ahly (Egypt)

Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

Al Hilal (Sudan)

Coton Sport (Cameroon)


Group C

Raja Casablanca (Morocco)

Horoya (Guinea)

Simba (Tanzania)

Vipers (Uganda)


Group D

Esperance (Tunisia)

Zamalek (Egypt)

Chabab Belouizdad (Algeria)

Al Merreikh (Sudan)

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