By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
There is a possibility of an all-Casablancan or all-Egyptian final in this year’s CAF Champions League. The four clubs in the semis are from Casablanca and Egypt and avoided each other at the semifinals.
Wydad of Casablanca ended Tunisian hopes by eliminating the last Tunisian club standing, Etoile du Sahel on a 2-1 aggregate score line. They did the essential in the first leg with a 2-0 win which made their 1-0 loss in the return leg inconsequential.
Wydad who were last year’s unfortunate finalists have the daunting task of facing record eight times winners Al Ahly of Cairo in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, Wydad’s city rivals Raja will take on five times winners Zamaleks of Giza.
While African football fans are leaking their months over the prospect of a Casablanca derby, there is also a strong possibility to see the competitions most successful teams lock-horns in the finals. Al Ahly with eight titles and Zamalek with five are the continent’s top dogs in the Champions League. These two teams have never met in the finals before.
This is also the first time both teams have jointly qualified for the semifinals since 2005.
Zamalek eliminated defending champions Esperance of Tunis, while Al Ahly saw off 2016 Champions Mamelodi Sundowns of Pretoria.
No two teams from the same country have ever met in the final of Africa’s top club football competition.
However, teams from the same country have met in the final of the second top competition. In 2008, CS Sfaxien beat Etoile du Sahel in the Confederation Cup final, while four years earlier, Asante Kotoko of Kumasi defeated Ghanaian rivals Hearts of Oak of Accra to lift the trophy.
Champions League Last Four
Wydad Casablanca (Mor) vs Al Ahly (Egy)
Raja Casablanca (Mor) vs Zamalek of Giza (Egy)
The first leg games will be played from May 1st to 3rd and the return leg games are scheduled for the 8th and 10th of May.
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