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CAF CL group stage draw throws up some historic clashes

The CAF Champions League round of 16 draw was held in Egypt on Friday and produced some highly anticipated face-offs between the continent's giants.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - African Champions League Final - Zamalek v Al Ahly - Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - November 27, 2020  Al Ahly celebrate with the trophy after winning the final REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File Photo

The group stage draw for the 2020-21 CAF Champions League was staged on Friday at CAF headquarters in Cairo with the champions and the runners-up placed in two different groups.

Nine-time champions Al-Ahly share Group A with Veta Club of Congo, Simba of Tanzania, and Sudanese side Al-Merrikh, while their historical Egyptian rivals and last season's runners-up Zamalek will compete in Group D with Espérance Sportive de Tunis, Algerian club MC Alger and Senegal's Teungueth FC.

CAF Group B one to watch 

The draw has also seen the formation of a fiery second group that comprises Mazembe of Congo, 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns, Sudan's Al-Hilal, and CR Belouizdad of Algeria.

Al-Ahly won the title last season with a 2-1 win over city rivals Zamalek at Cairo International Stadium to secure a first continental title under their new coach Pitso Mosimane, who took charge of the team ahead of the semi-final.

Arabian teams participating in this year's edition combined have won the title on 21 occasions: Al-Ahly have lifted the trophy nine times, followed by Zamalek (5), Espérance Sportive de Tunis (4) Wydad (2) and MC Alger (1).

Non-Arabian teams combined have won the title 7 times, with Mazembe on top with five wins, followed by Mamelodi Sundowns and Veta Club, who have won the coveted title once each.

Round of 16 groups:

Group A: Al-Ahly- Veta Club- Simba- AlMerrikh.

Group B: Mazembe- Mamelodi Sundowns- Al-Hilal- CR Belouizdad.

Group C: Wydad Casablanca- Horoya- Atlético Petróleos- Kaizer Chiefs.

Group D: Espérance Sportive- Zamalek- MC Alger- Teungueth.


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