THE club Arabs are looking to qualify for the group stage of the African Champions League

Cairo: Arab teams are looking to book their seats in the group stage of the African Champions League, when they play the second leg of the 32nd round of the continental competition, which starts on Friday. Representatives of Algerian football ES Setif and CR Belouizdad will have a difficult task in advancing to the group stage, having lost 1/3 in the stadiums to their rivals Nouadhibou of Mauritania and ASEC Mimosa of Cote d’Ivoire, respectively, in the first leg . And the two teams must win 2-0 in their second leg stadiums if they are to continue in continental competition. Even the Moroccan Wydad Casablanca fears an early exit from the tournament, crowned in 1992 and 2017, when he hosts Hearts of Oak of Ghana, after losing 0-1 in the first leg outside his stadium. Wydad must win by two goals to overcome the obstacle of their opponent, who crowned the title of champion in 2000. On the contrary, the task of Raja Casablanca, the other representative of Moroccan football in the tournament, seems quite easy to do. reach next round of the competition, which he has won 3 times, when he will meet his Liberian host Oilers, after winning 2-0 in the first leg in his opponent’s stadium. The same goes for the Egyptian Zamalek, who in the first leg won a precious 1-0 over the Kenyan hosts Tusker, tied in the second leg, to continue his career in the championship won 5 times, the last of which in 2002. The issue is not very different for Al-Ahly of Egypt, holder of the title in the last two editions, who drew 1-1 with his host, the National Guard, champion of Niger, in the first leg , to become a goalless draw just to move forward in the tournament, which holds the record of wins with 10 titles. Tunisian Esperance, on the other hand, will clash with her Libyan host, Al-Ittihad, in a dangerous clash for both teams, who have a strong chance of accessing the group stage after the first leg, which was played in the Libyan city of Benghazi. , ended in a 0-0 draw. While Esperance must win any result to ensure advancement to the next round in the competition she has won 4 times, a positive draw is enough for Al-Ittihad to get a surprise and early remove the Sheikh of the club Tunisians from the tournament. L’Etoile du Sahel, the other representative of Tunisian football in the tournament in this season, he faces a comparatively easier challenge when he meets his host with the Rwandan army, after the team that won the title in 2007 scored a 1-1 draw in the first leg match they held out. from its stadium. Al-Marikh Al-Sudanese hopes to take advantage of his big 3-0 first leg win against Zambian Zanaco, when the confrontation between the two teams is renewed in the return match, where he only needs to lose by just two goals to book a place in the group stage of the tournament. After hitting a positive 1-1 in home to Nigerian hosts Rivers United, Sudanese Al Hilal aims to capitalize on that positive return in the return match, looking for a ticket to the next round of the competition, won in 1987 and 1992. This round is witnessing many other major clashes for the brown continent’s elite teams, where the Congolese Democratic Mazembe, who has 5 tournament titles, will meet his South African host, Amazulu, and hope to move on to the next round, after the gone in South Africa ended in a goalless draw. Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, 2016 champion, will host Manya Anion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after the first leg ended 2/2 in Congo. Tanzanian Simba will be at a picnic when he faces his host Guaneng Galaxy of Botswana, after winning 2-0 in the first match, which also applies to Guinea Conakry, which hosts the Mali stadium, after winning it 1- 0 in away from home in the first step. Representatives of Angolan football, Petro Atlético and Sagrada Esperanca, could qualify for the group stage, based on their two positive results in the first leg, which saw Petro Atlético draw 2/2 with their Congolese host Otho Doyo, and 3 of the Sagrada 1 victory over its host Royal Leopards of Eswatini. Interestingly, losing teams from this role will move on to round 32+ of the African Confederation, where the teams qualified for this qualifying round will face the group stage of the competition. (Dpa)

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