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Africa's finest await CAF Champions League quarterfinals draw

For the first time since the expansion of the CAF Champions League to include a quarterfinals stage, all of the eight teams to reach the knockout stages are former winners.

Following the controversy that overshadowed last year's edition, with Esperance awarded the title despite the second leg of their final against Wydad Casablanca in Rades, Tunisia, being abandoned after the Moroccans protested the officials' non-usage of VAR, this year's tournament has largely returned focus to the action on the...

Tunisia's Carthage Eagles: Brothers at Arms

On a warm evening at the Olympic Stadium of Radès on November 11th, Tunisia's Carthage Eagles qualified for their fifth World Cup. The accomplishment was particularly meaningful for a tight-knit squad of players and their father figure of a coach, Nabil Maaloul.

Of the 23 players that were called up for the match, 13 play their club football for either of local giants Étoile du Sahel or Esperance de Tunis, and have grown especially close as a result of crossing paths so frequently.

Had...

Al Ahly romp into CAF Champions League final

Walid Azaro scored a hat-trick as Egyptian giants Al Ahly stormed into the final of the African Champions League with a 6-2 victory over Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia on Sunday.

The win at the Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria sealed a 7-4 aggregate victory for the eight-time champions, who will face Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in the decider over two legs, to be played over the next two weekends.

The other goals for the home side came from Ali Maaloul, Rami Rabia and an own goal by Etoile's Hamdi...

CAF Champions League semi finals: Northern derbies take centre stage

Any doubts about the power and prominence North Africa enjoys in the continental game today ought to be quashed by a quick glance at the CAF Champions League semi-final lineup.

After Mamelodi Sundowns and Ferroviario Beira fell in the quarters, we're left with a full house of teams from the north of the continent - one each from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria - as we reach the conclusion of Africa's premier club competition.

On Friday evening, USM Alger host Wydad Casablanca in the first leg...