CAF Champions League Semi Finals: Sundowns To Face Former Champions, Ahly Set for DRC Tour

CAF Champions League Semi Finals: Sundowns To Face Former Champions, Ahly Set for DRC Tour

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 8, 2024 at 6:55 AM
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  • Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly are through to the CAF CL semi-finals
  • Esperance de Tunis and TP Mezembe have also advanced to the last four
  • The semi-finals of the CAF Champions League will take place from April 18

The race for the new kings of African club football is nearing its conclusion, with the 'boys' separated from the 'men' as the best four teams on the continent compete for the ultimate prize.

Reigning champions Al Ahly, South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns, former winners Esperance de Tunis, and DR Congo's TP Mazembe are all through to the semi-finals.

In the quarter-final round, the Egyptian titans made light work of Simba SC while Sundowns needed a penalty shootout to defeat Young Africans of Tanzania.

Mamelodi Sundowns, Al Ahly, CAF Champions League, TP Mazembe, Esperance de Tunis, semi-final, round.
Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly have both advanced to the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League after wins in the quarters. Credit: @Masandawana/ @AlAhly.
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Meanwhile, TP Mazembe travelled to Angola to beat Atletico Petroleos of Luanda while Esperance de Tunis defeated Ivorian giants, Asec Mimosa.

Record champions, Al Ahly, will face DRC's Mazembe while Sundowns take on the Tunisians in the semi-final, according to the CAF website.

The first-leg games will be held on the weekend of April 18 to 20, with the reverse fixtures to be played a week later. The winners of the semi-finals will clash in a two-legged final in May.

Elsewhere, in the CAF Confederation Cup, there will be a North African clash in the semi-final as RS Berkane engages USM Alger with Ghana's Dreams FC facing Egyptian giants, Zamalek, as reported by My Joy Online.

Yanga coach fumes over VAR decision

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the head coach of Yanga SC, Manuel Gamondi, expressed disappointment with the match officials who handled their second-leg QF game against Mamelodi Sundowns.

In his post-match press conference, the Young Africans boss blasted the referee and the VAR officials for denying his side what he called 'a clear goal', as the tense game went down to a penalty shootout.

Williams heroics send Sundowns to semis

Sports Brief also reported that South Africa goalkeeper, Ronwen Williams, saved two penalties for Sundowns to see them past Young Africans of Tanzania in the CAF Champions League.

The shot-stopper produced another brilliant showing during a penalty shootout, saving two attempts as Masandawana booked their place in the tourney semis against Esperance de Tunis.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.