CAF Champions League QF action starts

Edwin  - CEO April 1, 2024
Updated 2024/04/01 at 8:41 PM
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Highly tactical opening to TotalEnergies CAF Champions League Quarter-Finals


Image credit: CAFonline


  • Al Ahly, the only victor in the first-leg quarter-finals
  • Highly tactical duels in all four encounters
  • Close results set up exciting return leg fixtures


TotalEnergies CAF Champions League Quarter-Final action got off to a highly tactical start this past weekend. The exciting race towards the semi-finals kicked off on Friday, March 29, CAFonline reports.


On Friday, defending champions Al Ahly showed their pedigree away from home when facing a spirited Simba AC side at the Benjamin Mkwapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam.


Despite being pinned in their half for most of the encounter, the defending champions managed a crucial 1-0 win over the Tanzanians thanks to an early Ahmed Koka goal.


The same venue hosted former champions and reigning African Football League kings Mamelodi Sundowns the following day, as they were welcomed by last season’s TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup finalists, Young Africans.


A highly tactical battle between coach Rulani Mokwena and former Sundowns assistant coach concluded with a goalless stalemate ahead of the return leg in Pretoria this weekend.


In Lubumbashi, TP Mazembe was frustrated by a resilient Petro de Luanda side who denied them a result in front of their fans.


Despite the Angolans’ good defending, Mazembe will hope to be more clinical this weekend when facing the Angolan champions in Luanda.


Another goalless draw concluded the first-leg Quarter-Final fixtures in Tunis. Four-time champions Esperance Sportive de Tunis were also held to a goalless stalemate by a stubborn Asec Mimosas side determined to end their continental drought this season.


TotalEnergies CAF Champions League QF First Leg Results:

Simba AC 0 – 1 Al Ahly SC

TP Mazembe 0 – 0 Atletico Petroleos

Young Africans 0 – 0 Mamelodi Sundowns

Esperance de Tunis 0 – 0 Asec Mimosas


Quarter-Finals Return Leg Fixtures: 

Friday, April 05

18h00 GMT | Mamelodi Sundowns v Young Africans

20h00 GMT | Al Ahly SC v Simba SC


Saturday, 06 April 

16h00 GMT | Atletico Petroleos v TP Mazembe

20h00 GMT | Asec Mimosas v Esperance


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