Al Ahly, Kaizer Chiefs book CAF Champions League semifinal slots

TOPSHOT - This picture shows the trophy prior to the draw of the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) Champions league at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo on December 28, 2018. (Photo by MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP) (Photo credit should read MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

Defending champions Al Ahly and South African giants Kaizer Chiefs advanced to the semifinals of the CAF Champions League despite failing to record victories in their quarterfinal second leg matches on Saturday.

Al Ahly drew 1-1 with 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Pretoria for a 3-1 aggregate win.

FILE PHOTO: A picture of the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Champions League trophy. (Photo credit MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images)

Sundowns came into the match with a less than impressive record against Al Ahly, who are currently managed by former Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, with just one victory in their previous nine encounters.

Yasser Ibrahim gave the Egyptian side the lead in just the 11th minute but Mosa Lebusa levelled for the hosts on the half hour mark.

Neither side was able to find the net thereafter, meaning Mosimane reveled in a bittersweet moment knocking out his former side, whom he so successfully led for eight years, but keeping alive his current side’s chances of winning a record-extending 10th title.

This was the first time Mosimane had come up against Sundowns since his stunning departure from the club in September last year.

Elsewhere, Tanzanian champions Simba S.C. agonizingly fell short of completing a miraculous comeback against Chiefs, who came into the match with a commanding lead.

Simba, trailing 4-0 from the first leg, registered a 3-0 win at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar es Salaam but ended up being eliminated 4-3 on aggregate.

Captain John Bocco scored twice while Clatous Chama added a third late in the game, but the Tanzanian side was unable to find a fourth goal to force the game into extra time.

Chiefs, as a result, celebrated a maiden Champions League semifinal with Gavin Hunt’s side giving fans a long-awaited deep run in Africa’s premier club competition.

In the other quarterfinals, four-time winners Esperance will battle to overturn a 2-0 deficit to Algeria’s CR Belouizdad while two-time winners Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco faces Algeria’s MC Alger with the score from the first leg having ended 1-1.