Chiefs face Pharaohs in Caf quarters

Kaizer Chiefs have been draw at home to Egyptian side Ismailia in the quarterfinals of the Caf Cup Winners’ Cup, also known as Mandela Cup, to be played in September.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) made the draws for the three African club competitions, on the weekend of September 7-9 in Cairo on Wednesday. The return legs will be played a fortnight later.

The teams mentioned first in the Cup Winners’ Cup and Caf draws play at home in the first leg.

Chiefs overcame the first hurdle with a 3-2 aggregate win against Reunion side US Stade Tamponnaise and the Egyptians also recorded the same scoreline over Mathare United of Kenya.

The Amakhosi had a smooth run in the second round as they easily disposed off of their opposition from Seychelles where they registered a 5-0 aggregate win against the islanders.

However, Ismailia, who were leading 2-0 from the first leg, were almost knocked out in the second round only to get a reprieve when their match against Simba Sports Club of Tanzania was called off after 46 minutes due to a waterlogged pitch. The Tanzanians were leading 2-0 when the game was called off.

The Egyptians went through to the quarterfinals with 2-1 aggregate win as the Tanzanians struggled to find the back of the net in the replay few days later.

The Mandela Cup is the only hope for Amakhosi to annex silverware this season after missing out on the domestic championship, which was won by archrivals Orlando Pirates. Chiefs came second and will qualify for next season’s Caf Cup.

Meanwhile, former three-time SA league champions Sundowns will continue their quest for African conquest with a clash against the 1998 Caf Cup winners and 1994 African champions Esperance in the Caf Champions League Group A quarterfinals.

Following a disappointing season at home, Sundowns will also be looking for better fortunes in the lucrative Champions League.

Another South African side Ajax Cape Town, also with a disappointing domestic season, were drawn away to Etoile Sahel in their next round of the Caf Cup.

The draw

African Champions League:

Group A

Esperance (Tunisia)

Sundowns (South Africa)

TP Mazembe (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Julius Berger (Nigeria)

Group B

Asec Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

Al Ahli (Egypt)

Chabab Belouizdad (Algeria)

Petro Atletico (Angola)

African Cup Winners’ Cup quarterfinals:

Zamalek (Egypt, holders) v Club Africain (Tunisia)

Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) v Ismailia (Egypt)

Niger Tornadoes (Nigeria) v Inter Luanda (Angola)

Evizo (Gabon) v Kumbo Strikers (Cameroon)

Caf Cup quarterfinals:

Etoile Sahel (Tunisia) v Ajax Cape Town (South Africa)

Ferroviario Maputo (Mozambique) v Cotonsport (Cameroon)

Goldfields (Ghana) v Africa Sports (Ivory Coast)

Wydad Casablanca (Morocco) v JS Kabylie (Algeria)

The Champions League group matches start in August with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the semifinals in November.