With US$1.5 million prize money up for grabs along with the bragging rights of the best club in the continent, the last four of the Caf Champions League has been confirmed.
The winners of the competition will also participate at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan this year, where they could potentially rub shoulders with Real Madrid.
Five-time winners Zamalek of Egypt will face Moroccans Wydad Athletic Club, and Zesco United of Zambia take on South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns.
The progression of the two Southern African clubs to the last four comes as a huge surprise, especially for Zesco, who advanced from a group that included three former winners of the premier continental club championship, Al Ahly (Egypt), ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire) and Wydad.
This is only the second time that they have gone past the prelims, Zesco have landed themselves probably the biggest game in the history of the club against Sundowns, losing finalists 15-years ago.
For Zamalek, it is the first time since 2005 that they have reached the semis, whilst Wydad last tasted action in the last four in 2011, before losing to Tunisia’s Esperance in the final.
The first leg will take place on the weekend of 16-18 September and the return on 23-25 September.