CAF Champions League quarterfinals take shape as six teams secure qualification

Reda Selim of Al Ahly (right) in action against Kobina Amoah of Medeama during their CAF Champions League 2023/24 match at Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana on 23 February. BackpagePix

Six teams have secured their place in this season’s TotalEnergies CAF Champions League Quarter-finals, after some nail-biting round of Match Day 5 fixtures that took place on Friday and Saturday.

Defending champions and Egyptian giants, Al Ahly remain on course to their title defense after a 1-0 victory over Ghana’s Medeama saw them through to the exciting knockout phase of the competition with a game to spare.

Joining the reigning champions after Match Day 5 are five strong African clubs: Ivorian side Asec Mimosas, South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns who are also the African Football League champions, Angola’s Petro de Luanda, former African Champions and FIFA Club World Cup finalists TP Mazembe and Tanzania’s Young Africans who all qualify for the quarter-finals of the continent’s premier club competition with a game in hand.

Of the current six teams that have officially booked their places, only two are yet to taste continental success, with Al Ahly (11), Asec Mimosas (1), Mamelodi Sundowns (1) and TP Mazembe (5) all having previously lifted Africa’s most coveted club football trophy.

The qualification of the six teams officially sets up a grand closing to the group stages of the competition in what is sure to be a dramatic race to securing the last two available spots on Match Day 6 scheduled for 01 – 02 March.

Mamelodi Sundowns and TP Mazembe are through in Group A, while Group D was decided by Ahly and Young Africans’ respective wins, meaning that the two remaining places will be contested in Group B and C.

In Group B, Morocco’s Wydad AC who had a rather slow start to their Group Stage campaign injected life into the title ambitions with a 1-0 win over Jwaneng Galaxy in Botswana – a result that sees them tied on six (6) points with Simba AC, who face Jwaneng Galaxy in next week’s final round, while Wydad take on the high-flying Asec Mimosas.

In Group C, Petro de Luanda’s qualification leaves the race for a second place to be contested by Esperance Sportive de Tunis and Al-Hilal. Interestingly, the two sides face each other head on in a fixture that promises to produce fireworks in Tunis on Saturday evening.

TotalEnergies CAF Champions League Match Day 6 Fixtures:

Friday, 01 March

16h00 GMT | CR Belouizdad – Medeama

16h00 GMT | Al Ahly – Young Africans

Saturday, 02 March

13h00 GMT | Pyramids – Nouadhibou

13h00 GMT | Mamelodi Sundowns – TP Mazembe

16h00 GMT | Simba – Jwaneng

16h00 GMT | Wydad – Asec

19h00 GMT |  ES Tunis – Al-Hilal

19h00 GMT | Petro de Luanda – ES Sahel. – 

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