Arab Club Championship draw: Al Ahly, Zamalek, Ismaily learn their fate
Egypt representatives Al Ahly, Zamalek, and Ismaily have discovered their opponents in the Arab Club Championship.
The draw took place on Tuesday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with five Egyptian teams taking part in the knockout competition.
It has been confirmed earlier, that Egyptian sides Al Ahly, Zamalek, Ismaily, Al Masry, and Ittihad of Alexandria will participate in the tournament.
The tournament will take place from August 2018 until April 2019 and will witness 42 teams, 30 qualifying for the final tournament, and the other 10 will take part in the preliminary round.
The 10 teams that will participate in the preliminary round, include Al Masry and Ittihad of Alexandria, but the competition committee have not announced that round system.
Egypt Champions Al Ahly will face the winner from the preliminary round A, with the first-leg taking place in Egypt.
Zamalek were drawn against Kuwaiti side El-Qadsia. The first-leg will take place in Cairo, with the return leg to be held in Kuwait.
And finally, Ismaily, who currently sit second in the Egyptian Premier League, will be up against Kuwait SC of Kuwait, with the first-leg taking place in Ismailia.
Title holders Espérance de Tunis of Tunisia will face the winner from the preliminary round B, and CAF Champions League winners Wydad Casablanca were drawn against Ahli Tripoli of Libya.
Al Ahly reached the semi-finals of last year’s version, before losing to Jordan’s Al-Faisaly, while Zamalek were knocked out from the group-stages. Meanwhile, Ismaily’s last participation came in 2013, when they lost to Algeria’s USM Alger, who went on to win the title.
The Red Devils won the tournament in 1996 and were runners-up in 1997. Zamalek were the last Egyptian team to lift the title, when they beat Kuwaiti side Al Kuwait 2-1 in 2003 at the Cairo International Stadium.
Egypt’s Ismaily and ENPPI also reached the final, but lost the title to Tunisia’s CS Sfaxien and Morocco’s Raja Casablanca in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
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