Fabrice Nguessi Ondama (R) of Wydad Casablanca vies for the ball with Maroof Yusuf (L) of Zamalek during the African Champions League (CAF) semi-final leg soccer match between Zamalek and Wydad Casablanca at Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco, 24 September 2016. EPA/ABDELHAK SENNA
Friday Sep 29, 2017. 10:00
AfricanFootball looks ahead to a weekend which will see the 2017 CAF Champions League open its penultimate round with two first-leg, semifinal clashes – both of which are North African derbies.
The action gets underway on Friday night with the meeting of USM Alger and Wydad Casablanca at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers.
The Algerian hosts are the only club out of the remaining four which has never won the Champions League (they were runners-up to TP Mazembe in 2015) and they will be itching for the chance to lay their hands on the trophy for the first time.
However, they face a tough opponent in Wydad. The Moroccans claimed the scalp of defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the previous round, ousting the South Africans 3-2 on penalties after the two teams were tied 1-1 on aggregate.
Expect a tactical chess-match between two teams which have been strong defensively throughout the competition.
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