Al Ahly, Mazembe eye semis, holders Wydad face challenge

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Photo: CAFOnline.com
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Former winners of the CAF Champions League Al Ahly SC and TP Mazembe will look to seal their places in the semi-finals when they play hosts to Horoya AC and Primeiro de Agosto respectively in the decisive legs of their quarter-final matchups.

Record CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly appear to have made their work light after securing a 0-0 draw last weekend in Conakry against Horoya but they will still need to put in a massive shift to progress to the last four.

Of course Al Ahly have an experienced head coach in Patrice Carteron who has a decent knowledge of African football having worked with the Malian national and TP Mazembe, one of the contenders for this year’s title.

TP Mazembe, on the other hand, will be buoyed by their first leg in Luanda where they succeeded in holding off Primeiro de Agosto to a scoreless outing. The Angolan club will have to shake off the crowd mishap at the 11 de Novembro Stadium though Pamphile Mihayo Kazembe’s men are favourites to reach the semis.

TITLE-HOLDERS WYDAD FACE SETIF HURDLE

Defending champions Wydad Casablanca who edged Al Ahly to the title last year will need a two-goal advantage to upturn ES Setif’s lead from the first leg. Uppermost on Wydad’s minds will be to cancel out Isla Daoudi Diomande’s strike in the reverse game in Setif when they play hosts to the Algerian club at the Complexe Mohammed V in Casablanca on Friday.

Wydad head coach Abdelhadi Sektioui will hope the like of Ismail El Haddad, Salaheddine Saidi, Walid El Karti, and Nigerian midfielder Michael Babatunde turn up to see off Setif.

An all Tunisian contest will take between Esperance and Etoile du Sahel at Stade Olympique de Sousse this Friday. Esperance hold a slim 2-1 lead going into the decisive leg against their rivals.

Etoile reached the last four last year before Al Ahly denied them a place in the final and their manager Chiheb Ellili will be keen to guide them through again this time, while Esperance are hoping to go a step ahead of last year’s quarter-final disappointment. Interestingly, Al Ahly also knocked them out that time.

© The Predictor NG

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