Champions League – Match day 4: Would Ahly, ES Tunis, pull it off?
Match day 4 of group phase of the African Champions League bellied for August 17, 18 and 19 would be very decisive for at least two clubs. Actually, Al-Ahly of Group A and Esperance of Tunis of Group B can qualify for the semis if they win their matches. In Group A, the Egyptian club have a herculean task of winning a Berekum Chelsea that are still very concerned about their qualification. Plus, the guys from Egypt would travel to Ghana to face their opponents. However, Walid Soliman and his teammates have a small advantage of having thrashed the Accra boys 4-1 in the first leg game. A virgin draw would see both the Egyptians and the Tunisians through especially if Zamalek beat two time champions, Tout Puissant Mazembe next week end. According to a statement from their coach, Jorvan Vieira from Brazil, the Cairo boys have decided to take their chances while bearing in mind their weaknesses: “The task ahead of us is very difficult but not impossible, he said in the statement that was released on Caf website, if we beat the Congolese, only one point would be stand between us. And I really wish to my boys triumph over the Ghanaians, it would put us back on track to the semis.” The second semi-final place could be battled for by Berekum Chelsea and TP-Mazembe next September 16 in Accra. The situation in Group B is the same. By winning their first leg game against their sworn rivals, Etoile of Sahel in Sousse, Esperance of Tunis would have struck a deadly blown and it could even see them through. A defeat would not even jeopardise their chances of qualifying. Meanwhile, ES Sahelet and Sunshine Stars as the Nigerians would travel to Algeria to face an ASO Chlef that are already one leg out of the competition. ASO Chlef, on their part, have sounded a clear warning that they would give the Nigerians a tough ride as they are not ready to go back home empty handed from a competition they are taking part in for their first time in history. What’s more? If they end up third in this Group, they could pursue their dream of competing at the Confederations Cup. week-end Schedule (17,18,19 August) Group A Accra: Berekum Chelsea (Ghan) – Al Ahly (Egypt) Cairo: Zamalek (Egy) – TP Mazembe (RDC) 1. Al Ahly (Egy), 9 pts (+5). 2. TP Mazembe (RDC), 4 pts (+1). 3. Berekum Chelsea (Gha), 4 pts (+1). 4. Zamalek (Egy), 0 pt (-4) Group B Chlef: ASO Chlef (Alg) – Sunshine Stars (Nga) Sousse: ES Sahel (Tun) – E.S Tunis (Tunisia) 1. ES Tunis, 9 pts (+4). 2. Sunhine Stars (Nga), 4 pts (0). 3. ES Sahel (Tun), 4 pts (0). 4 ASO Chlef (Alg), 0 pts (- 4). Standings after Matchday 3 programme Matchday 5: 1, 2 and 3 September Matchday 6: 14, 15 and 16 September