Abdel-Shafy’s Al Ahli handed tough Champions League draw
The draw featured 32 teams drawn into eight groups of four divided between the West Region (Groups A-D) and the East Region (Groups E-H). The top two positions of each group will qualify to the round of 16 of the knockout stage of the championship. Any teams from the same association cannot be drawn into the same group.
Al Ahli was placed in Group A along with United Arab Emirates outfit Al-Jazira, Iran’s Tractor Sazi and the team that qualifies from the preliminary round play-offs featuring Qatar’s Al-Gharafa and Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor Tashkent FK.
Abdel-Shafy’s Al Ahli was a direct entrant to the West Region group stage as 2016–17 Saudi Professional League runners-up along with Al Hilal 2016–17 Saudi Professional League champions who were drawn in Group D in the championship.
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