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Friday 24 March 2017

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Zamalek qualifies for CAF champions league group stages

Sunday 19/March/2017 - 07:07 PM
Sada El Balad
By Alaa Turki
Zamalek Sporting Club has qualified for the group stages of CAF Champions League despite losing in the round 32 second leg to Enugu Rangers 2-1 at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Nigeria.

The match kicked off at 5pm Cairo local time. The Whites won the first leg 4-1 in Cairo.

Zamalek SC’s technical manager Mohamed Helmy warned his players against Enugu Rangers، adding that the match will be a strong one، because the opponent is well motivated، organized and plays good football as a collective، stressing that the opponent will seek to overturn the result in its favor.

The CAF Champions League، formerly known as the African Club Champions Cup، started in 1964، and played by teams that ended up as winners of the championships of member associations.

The present structure of the championship، having a direct eliminatory phase coupled with a group phase started in 1997. In 2004، CAF increased the representation of some countries in this competition by allowing the first 12 countries on its annual classification، set up on the basis of the performance of clubs at interclub competitions، to have two representatives. In principle، the first and second teams in the final classification of their national championships.

The first phase of the competition، wish is divided in rounds is based on a direct elimination system، which is played in away and return leg matches. The winners of the last round of this phase qualify for the second phase، which is based on a pool system; given that the losers a sent over to the CAF Confederations Cup.

The eight teams that qualify for the pools phase are divided through draws into 2 pools of four، and they confront each other in each pool in away and return leg matches. The first two teams from each pool qualify for crossed semi-finals (1st A vs 2nd B and 1st B vs 2nd A) before the final، from where the winner shall be known and will represent Africa at the FIFA Clubs World Cup، according to CAF.

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