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Al Ahly, Zamalek repeat 15-year old CAF Champions League achievement

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and Zamalek have repeated a historic feat for the first time in 15 years.

The Cairo giants managed to qualify and set up an all-North African last four of Africa’s most coveted club competition after the Red Devils sealed qualification beating South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns. Meanwhile, the White Knights had beaten 2018 & 2019 champions Esperance de Tunis on aggregate.

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Rene Weiler and Patrice Carteron managed to achieve something that has happened only once in history of the competition by qualifying to the last four.

The only other time both poles of Cairo reached this stage together was back in 2005 when Al Ahly beat Zamalek in the semis 4-1 on aggregate. This feat has only occurred once in the .

READ: Payback for Sundowns as Al Ahly qualify to CAF CL semis

Egyptian clubs hold the record for most titles in this competition with a total of 14 titles. Al Ahly are the most successful team in the tournament with eight titles won, Zamalek are the second-joint most successful team with five gold medals while Ismaily hold a maiden winners’ medal won back in 1969.

Egypt also holds the record for runners-up medals at eight, level with Ghana. Al Ahly with the biggest share at four while Zamalek are at three.

READ: Zamalek avoid scare to qualify to CAF CL semis

The Red Devils last reached the CAF Champions League final in 2018, when current Zamalek boss Patrice Carteron was in charge, while Zamalek had reached that stage in 2016.

Rene Weiler experiences his first season in Africa after signing for Al Ahly last summer. Meanwhile his counterpart Patrice Carteron is not a novice to this competition, having won the title in 2015 with DR Congo titans TP Mazembe.

Contrary to 2005, both clubs can only face each other in the final this year as Al Ahly will face Wydad Athletic Club while Zamalek will go head-to-head with Raja Club Athletic.

Latest articles from the KingFut Team, covering Egyptian football in English from the National Teams to the Pharaohs Abroad.

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