CAF announce schedule for Champions League and Confederations Cup
The Confederation of African Football, CAF, announced on Thursday the schedule of the Champions League and Confederation Cup competitions ahead of the season.
CAF has announced the dates of the competitions, rounds of which Egyptian league champions, Al Ahly and runners-up, Misr El-Makassa will take part in the Champions League. Meanwhile, Zamalek participate in the Confederation Cup after finishing the 2016/17 season in third place alongside Egypt Cup winners, Al-Masry.
The African competitions will begin with the preliminary round home games on the 9th of February til the 11th and the away will be on the 20 and 21 of the same month.
Both competitions will be haulted as the African Super Cup between CL champions, Wydad Casablanca and Confederation winner, TP Mazembe between the 23rd and 25th of February as well.
The round of 32 home legs will be held on the 6th and 7th while the away leg will be from 16 till 18 of March. The finals of the round of 32 of the Confederations Cup will be from the 6th til the 8th and the return will be on the 17th and 18th of April.
The group stages will begin on the 4th of May and will end in August, considering the competitions will be paused for the 2018 World Cup in June.
From the 14th till the 16th of September will be the home leg of the quarter finals and from the 21st till the 23rd will be the away leg.
The semi finals home leg will be on the 2nd and 3rd of October and the away leg will be on the 23rd and 24th.
The competitions will conclude as the CL final home leg will be between the 2nd and the 4th while the away leg will be between the 9th and 11th of November. The Confederations Cup finals will be between the 23rd and the 25th of the same month and the away leg will be from the 30th of November and the 2nd of December.