North Africa dominates CAF Champions league Group stages
The 2018 CAF Champions league group stages is now cast-in-stone and as expected North Africa is dominating with the number of clubs that has qualified.
The region is represented by seven clubs; Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia having 2 clubs each, and Egypt with one side. Last season it was represented by nine teams, the most in the competition’s history in new form.
Defending Champions Wydad Athletic Club are through to the group stages, accompanied by fellow Morocco side DH Jadidi. Al Ahly is the only Egyptian side, as Algeria and Tunisia are represented by ES Setif, MC Algers and Etoile du Sahel and Esperance – who eliminated Kenyan Champions Gor Mahia – respectively.
In Southern Africa, there debutants in Township Rollers from Botswana and Swaziland’s Mbabane Swallows. Meanwhile, former Champions Mumelodi Sundowns and usual campaigners Zesco United and Agosto are also through.
CAF Confederation Cup holders TP Mazembe have also made it by a whisker after surviving an embarrassing loss to UD Songo 3-0. Thanks to a 4-0 win in the first leg, Mazembe are through.
Kampala City Council of Uganda are the other debutants in this year’s CAF Champions league group stages.
FULL LIST OF GROUP STAGES TEAMS
Al Ahly – Egypt
ES Setif – Algeria
MC Alger – Algeria
Esperance – Tunisia
ES Sahel – Tunisia
DH Jadidi – Morocco
Wydad Athletic Club – Morocco
TP Mazembe – DR Congo
Kampala City Council – Uganda
AC Horoya – Guinea
AS Togo – Togo
Mbabane Swallows – Swaziland
Zesco United – Zambia
Mamelodi Sundowns – South Africa
Township Rolers – Botswana
Primeiro de Agosto – Angola
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