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All-Arab ACL quarter-final; the champions Al Ahly face Sundowns again

The CAF Champions League quarter-final draw was completed on Friday and produced some mouth-watering ties as well as two all-Arab fixtures.

All-Arab ACL quarter-final; the champions Al Ahly face Sundowns again
KAI PFAFFENBACH AFP

The African Football Confederation (CAF) held the Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday, resulting into some mouth-watering clashes which African Football lovers will surely be looking forward to.

The draw set up two all-Arab stand-offs Algerian and Tunisian fans will be eagerly awaiting as MC Alger drew Wydad Athletic Club whereas CR Belouizdad are set to face Esperance de Tunis.

The reigning champions and nine-time winners, Egypt's Al Ahly drew the 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals for the third time in a row. Al Ahly eliminated Sundowns last year in their title-win campaign when the current Red Devils boss Pitso Mosimane was still in charge of the South African outfit. It is widely viewed as one of the most anticipated showdowns of the round.

Quarter-final fixtures:

Al Ahly vs Mamelodi Sundowns

MC Alger vs Wydad Athletic Club

CR Belouizdad vs Esperance de Tunis

Kaizer Chiefs vs Simba Sports Club

The first leg fixtures are scheduled for 14 and 15 May while return leg games are set to be held on 21 and 22 May, with the winner from MC Alger and Wydad Athletic Club fixture set to meet the winner from Kazier Chiefs and Simba, meanwhile the winner of Al Ahly vs Sundowns battle will take on the winner from the CR Belouizdad and Esperance de Tunis tie.