By Ahmad Harbi
Wednesday, 05 April 2023 at 01:00 PM
Al-Ahli awaits a draw for the quarter-finals of the Club Championship African Champions League After qualifying as runners-up behind Sundowns, the Red Giants are scheduled for Wednesday’s expected Arab clash with three other group leaders apart from their own.
CAF Champions League Quarter Final Draw Date
The draw for the quarter-finals of the African Champions League will take place today, Wednesday, April 5, 2023, in Cairo, starting at 8:30pm Cairo time, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced. Official website.
Al-Ahly will face one of the three teams that qualified at the top of its group, namely: Wydad, leader of Group A, Raja Casablanca, leader of Group Three, or Esperance, leader of Group Four.
The clubs that have qualified for the 8th round of the Champions League are: JS Belouistad (Algeria), Esperance (Tunisia), JS Kabili (Algeria), Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa), Raja (Morocco), Simba (Tanzania), Waidad (Morocco) Al-Ahly ( Egypt).
Most crowned teams in the African Champions League
Al-Ahli Club has won the African Champions League title (10 times) and was the runner-up of the last edition, followed by compatriot Zamalek (5 times), equal to Congolese Mazembe..
Al-Ahli is the most crowned team in history with 10 times and won the title in multiple years (1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020 and 2021)..
Al-Ahli lost the CAF Champions League title 5 times and were satisfied with the runner-up title for several years ( 19832007, 2017, 20182022 )
Following are the African Champions League winning clubs:
Al-Ahli Egypt 10
Zamalek, Egypt 5
Congo Masembe 5
Esperance Tunis 4
Wydad Morocco 3
Hawia Conakry Guinea 3
King Morocco 3
Canon Yaounde Cameroon 3
Asante Kodoko Ghana 2
JS Cable Algeria 2
ES SEDIF ALGERIA 2
Enyimba Nigeria 2
Etoile Sahel Tunisia 1
Hearts of Oak Ghana 1
Vita Club Congo 1
ASEC Abidjan Ivory Coast 1
Ismaili Egypt 1
Mamelodi Sundowns South Africa 1
Orlando Pirates South Africa 1
Mouloutia Algeria Algeria 1
Oryx Douala Cameroon 1
Union Douala Cameroon 1
Congo 1 at Cara Pressa
Abidjan Stadium, Ivory Coast 1
Royal Army of Morocco 1
African Tunisia 1
Statistics from the CAF Champions League book
The first final for Al-Ahly in the African Champions League was in 1982, a 3-0 win over Kotoko in the first leg and a positive 1-1 draw in the second round, while the late Mahmoud El-Kohari was in charge. A legend in Egypt, he won the African Champions League title with Al-Ahly in 1982 at the expense of Kotoko..
Al-Ahly’s former coach, Portuguese Manuel Jose, holds the record for winning the African Champions League 4 times in 2001/2005/2006/2008..
Only one player has scored a hat-trick in a match during Al-Ahly finals and that was Khaled Bebo with 3 goals against Sundowns in the 2001 final..
The last final that Al-Ahly played in the African Champions League was in 2022, the last edition of the competition, where the Red Genie lost to Wydad with two goals without reply..
Mustafa Younes was Al-Ahly’s first captain in history to lift the CAF Champions League trophy when he captained the team in the 1982 championship alongside El-Kohari..
The last Al-Ahly captain in history to lift the CAF Champions League trophy was Reds goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawi..
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