Champions League group stage: Tough test for holders Sundowns

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday at the CAF’s headquarter in Cairo completed the draws of the group stage for the 2017 Champions League.

Holders South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns will face a tougher test in Group C after been handed a tricky draw in the group stage.

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 drawn in Group A as Al Hilal and Al Merreikh are joined by Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia and Mozambique’s Ferroviario Beira.

Eight-time champions Al Ahly of Egypt headline Group D, where they will tackle Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, Cameroon’s Coton Sport and Zambia’s Zanaco.

The group stage of the continental competition begins with Matchday 1 on the weekend of 12-14 May and wraps up with Matchday 6 on the weekend of 7-9 July.

CAF Champions’ League group stage draws results

Group A: Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Al Hilal (Sudan), Al Merrikh (Sudan), Ferroviario Beira (Mozambique)

Group B: Zamalek (Egypt), USM Alger (Algeria), Al Ahly Tripoli (Libya), CAPS United (Zimbabwe)

Group C: Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa), Esperance de Tunis (Tunisia), AS Vita (DR Congo), Saint George (Ethiopia)

Group D: Al Ahly (Egypt), Wydad Casablanca (Morocco), Coton Sport (Cameroon), Zanaco (Zambia)

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