Mamelodi Sundowns handed tricky draw in Champions League defence

Titleholders South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns have been handed a tricky draw for the group stage of this year’s African Champions League.

As well as debutants Saint George of Ethiopia in Group C they will face Esperance of Tunisia and DR Congo’s AS Vita Club, who have both been continental champions in the past.

Sudan’s two biggest clubs have been draw in Group A as Al Hilal and Al Merreikh are joined my Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia and Mozambique’s Ferroviario Beira

The reward for Zimbabwean debutants CAPS United, who beat five-time champions TP Mazembe of DR Congo, is three trips to North Africa.

They are in Group B alongside last year’s runners-up Zamalek from Egypt, Algeria’s USM Alger and Al Ahly Tripoli of Libya.

The first group will be played on the weekend of 12-14 May with the top two teams in each group progressing to the quarer-finals.

The first leg of the final is set for the last weekend in October and the second leg being played a week later.

African Champions League:

Group A Group B
Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) Zamalek (Egypt)
Al Hilal (Sudan) USM Alger (Algeria)
Al Merreikh (Sudan) Al Ahly Tripoli (Libya),
Ferroviario Beira (Mozambique) CAPS Utd (Zimbabwe)
Group C Group D
Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa, holders) Al Ahly (Egypt)
Esperance (Tunisia) Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)
AS Vita Club (DR Congo) Coton Sport (Cameroon)
Saint George (Ethiopia) Zanaco (Zambia)