The teams for the 2017 CAF Champions League semi finals would be known by the close of this weekend as the creme de la creme of African club football lock horns to close the quarter finals.
Algiers, Rades, Casablanca and Sousse will be the hosts cities as the final four teams for the continent’s premier club competition make themselves known.
Algiers will be the staring point of the epic encounters on Saturday evening when USMA host Mozambique’s Ferroviario Beira at the 5 July Stadium. The teams drew 1-1 in their first leg last weekend, making the Algerians slight favourites to progress.
This will be quickly followed by the eagerly-anticipated clash between Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis and Egyptian heavyweights Al Ahly. The first leg in Alexandria ended in an exiting 2-2 draw, and there is no reason to expect anything less than a cracking return game at the Olympic Stadium in Rades.
Defending Champions Mamelodi Sundowns will take over the center stage on Saturday night when the look to maintain their narrow lead over Wydad when the teams meet at Stade Mohamed V in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.
The Brazilians lead 1-0 from the first leg in Tshwane thanks to Yannick Zakri’s goal and will hope that they can continue the strong away form they have shown in the competition thus far.
The quarterfinals wrap up on Sunday evening when Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel welcome Libyan contenders Al Ahly Tripoli to the Olympic Stadium in Sousse. It’s all to play for in the second leg after the teams drew 0-0 in their first match last weekend.
CAF Champions League fixtures
Quarterfinal, second leg matches – All times GMT – aggregate score in parenthesis
Saturday 23 September
USM Alger v Ferroviario Beira (1-1) – 17 : 30
Esperance de Tunis v Al Ahly (2-2) – 18: 00
Wydad Casablanca v Mamelodi Sundowns (0-1) – 20: 00
Sunday 24 September
Etoile du Sahel v Al Ahly Tripoli (0-0) – 17 :30
Credit : Africanfootball