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April 23, 2024

Total Energies CAFCL: CAF Champions League MD6 Conclude as Mamelodi Sundowns top Group A

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The CAF Champions League Match Day 6 concluded with the South African based side Mamelodi Sundowns topping Group A and having the best overall table lead in all the 4 Groups. The South African side collected 16 Points in 6 games, scoring 10 and just conceding 2 goals.

Al Ahly the reigning African Champions needed a second half goal by midfielder Hussein El Shahat in the 74th minute to win in their final group game against Sudanese side Al-Hilal Omdurman and progress to the quarter-finals. Al Ahly reached the final group game with doubts of qualification being second in the group standings with 7 points, meaning an away win by Al-Hilal Omdurman would see them miss a chance to progress to next stage of the Competition on a head to head tie-breaker.

Al Ahly Midfielder Ahmed Abdelkader moments after making that assist – Photo Credit @AlAhly Online
Al Ahly midfielder Hussein El Shahat celebrating after scoring – Photo Credit @AlAhly Online

The home win made them claim a secured second spot in the group with 10 points after having had a poor start in the campaign, they drew 0-0 away to Al-Hilal Omdurman in February and lost 1-0 at home to group leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, Al Ahly only claimed a point in their opening 2 games.

Moroccan based side Wydad AC won 5-1 at home against Petro de Luanda to emerge table leaders of Group D with 15 points, winning 5 games and losing only 1. Other teams to have qualified as group leaders are Raja Casablanca topping group B with 15 points and Esperance Tunis topping Group C with 14 points.

Teams that have qualified for the Quarter Finals are Mamelodi Sundowns, Al Ahly, Raja Casablanca, ES Setif, Esperance Tunis, CR Belouizdad, Wydad AC and Petro Atletico.

CAF, the African governing body confirms the quarter-final draws will be held on Tuesday, 5 April at the CAF headquarters in Cairo beginning at 13:00 GMT.

Draw Preparations – Photo Credit; CAF Online

Group Leaders:

Mamelodi Sundowns

Raja AC

Esperance

Wydad AC

Runner Ups:

Al Ahly   

ES Setif

CR Belouizdad

Petro de Luanda

The quarter-final games will have a few fixtures to entertain the Football fans across the African Continent.

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