CAF Champions League: Al Ahly to face Mamelodi Sundowns in group stage

TUNIS, TUNISIA - 2021/06/19: Coach Pitso Mosimane (second from right) celebrates with his players during the first leg CAF champions league semi-final football match between Tunisia's Esperance Sportive de Tunis and Egypt's al-Ahly at the Olympic Stadium in Rades. (Final score; Esperance sportive 0: 1 Egypt's al-Ahly). (Photo by Jdidi wassim/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Egyptian giants Al Ahly will renew their rivalry with South African side Mamelodi Sundowns yet again after both sides were drawn to face each other in the group stage of this season’s CAF Champions League.

This will be the third straight Champions League tournament in which the two sides, which boast 11 Champions League titles between them, will meet.

In the last tournament the two sides met in the quarterfinal stage with Al Ahly winning 3-1 on aggregate on their way to a record-extending 10th title.

FILE PHOTO: Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane (second from right) celebrates with his players during a past CAF Champions League match. /Getty Images

Overall, the two sides have met each other 10 times, all in the Champions League, with Al Ahly triumphing on five occasions, and Sundowns winning just once, while four games have been drawn. Neither side has defeated the other away from home.

The game will also see Al Ahly manager Pitso Mosimane come up against his former side whom he led to Champions League glory in 2016 as well as masterminding the Egyptian side’s heaviest continental defeat.

There will be a Sudan derby to look forward to also in Group A as Sudanese sides Al Hilal and Al Merreikh were placed in the same group as Al Ahly and Sundowns.

Group B will feature current Confederation Cup champions and beaten Super Cup finalists Raja Casablanca alongside Guinea’s Horoya AC, two-time winners ES Sétif of Algeria and group stage debutants Amazulu of South Africa.

Three former competition winners were drawn together in Group C led by four-time winners Esperance and two-time champions Étoile Sportive du Sahel, both of Tunisia, Algeria’s CR Belouizdad and Botswana’s Jwaneng Galaxy.

Group D features Wydad Athletic Club, winners in 1992 and 2017, five-time winners Zamalek of Egypt and two Angolan sides Atlético Petróleos and G.D. Sagrada Esperança.

Meanwhile, the draw for the group stage of the Confederation Cup also produced some exciting fixtures to look forward to.

Group A features 2020 finalists Pyramids F.C. of Egypt, three-time winners CS Sfaxien of Tunisia, Zambian side ZANACO and Al Ahly Tripoli of Libya.

2015 runners-up Orlando Pirates of South Africa were drawn in Group B alongside Algeria’s JS Saoura, Libya’s Al Ittihad and either JS Kabylie of Algeria, who finished as runners-up earlier this year, or Royal Leopards of Eswatini.

Two-time champions TP Mazembe of Democratic Republic of Congo will face Coton Sport of Cameroon, Egyptian side Al Masry and AS Otoho of Congo in Group C.

2020 winners RS Berkane will aim to reach the knockout stage of this season’s competition following a disappointing group stage exit in the previous edition. The Moroccan side will line up against ASEC Mimosas of Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzanian giants Simba SC and USGN of Niger.