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CAF champions league semi-finals: Al Ahly and Espérance favourites

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF): Al Ahly, Entente Sportive Sètifienne, Clube Desportivo 1º de Agosto and Espérance de Tunis will compete in the semifinals of the African football spectacle this week.

Al Ahly Sporting Club of Egypt will be engaged in the first of two semi-final clashes when it squares up against Entente Sportive Sètifienne at Cairo International Stadium on Tuesday, 2 October 2018. The return leg of the tie will take place on 28 October 2018 at ES Setif’s Stade 8 Mai 1945.

The other tie of the round will see Angola’s Clube Desportivo 1º de Agosto play host to Espérance de Tunis on the same day (28 October) with the return leg in Tunisia being played on 28 October as well.

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Egyptian giants Al-Ahly has been tipped by many to advance from its semifinal tie with ES Setif, and the Egyptians would certainly want to at least get back to the finals as they did last year. ES Setif is no minnows when it comes to CAF’s flagship club football competition, having won the event twice in the past, with the most recent triumph coming in the 2014 edition.

In the other semifinal clash, Tunisian side Esperance (second ranked team in Africa) is up against Angolan side Primeiro de Agosto. Esperance has two Champions League titles to its credit, the most recent of which was won in 2011. Primeiro de Agosto is making its first ever semi-finals appearance.

The winner of the event takes home a cool $2.5 million (approximately R38 million) and qualification to the FIFA Club World Cup where they could face UEFA champions league winners Real Madrid.

Siseko Gwegwe
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