Its North Africa v Rest in Champs League


Southern Africa’s four remaining clubs in the competition, Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum Stars from South Africa, along with Zimbabwe’s Dynamos and InterClube of Angola meet Etoile Sahel of Tunisa, Egypt’s two giants Al Ahly and Zamalek and Sudan’s Al Hilal.

The Tycoons will host Al Ahly at home on the weekend of April 25-27 while the Brazilians travel to Sudan for their first leg of the Last 16 stage of the competition.

InterClub must face the Lions of the North, Zamalek, on their home turf in Cairo, with Dynamos host reigning champions Etoile Sahel in Harare.

North Africa has four other representatives in the continental showpiece.

Nigeria’s Enyimba will be hosting another Tunisian side, Club Africain while Libya’s Al Ittihad will be at home to TP Mazembe Englebert of the DR Congo.

Cameroon’s Coton Sport will need to make full use of their home advantage when they take on JS Kabylie of Algeria as will Ivorians ASEC Abidjan who are set to play Olympique Khouribga of Morocco.

The reigning champions Etoile du Sahel progressed to the third round of the Champions League despite losing 3-0 away to AS Douanes of Senegal on Saturday. The Tunisians advanced on a 5-3 aggregate thanks to their convincing first leg win.

Sudanese side Al Hilal also advanced to the third round on Saturday after holding Zambia’s Zesco United to a 1-1 draw in Ndola. Al Hilal qualify 3-1 on aggregate after beating the Zambians 2-0 in the first leg in Khartoum.

Former African champions Club Africain also went through to the third round thanks to their 4-0 win over ASKO Kara. The Tunisians needed a big win in the second leg to advance after losing 2-0 to the Togolese in the first leg.

Last season’s semi-finalists Al Ittihad of Libya also went through to the third round despite losing 2-1 to Primeiro Agosto in Angola. But they won the first leg at home 1-0 and go through on the away goals rule.

Platinum Stars advanced to after securing a 1-1 draw against USS Tamponnaise in Reunion on Saturday. Steve Lekoelea and Simba Maruma paved the pay a fortnight ago with a 2-0 home win.

Sundowns eased into the third round of the CAF Champions League with a 1-0 away victory over Curepipe Starlight of Mauritius.

The result means The Brazilians take the tie 4-0 on aggregate. The game between Uganda’s Express FC and DR Congo’s AS V club was decided on penalty kicks. The Congolese won 4-2 in the shootout after the second leg ended like the first leg in Kinshasa, goalless.