The classification of the 16 teams was as follows:
The first classification: Al-Ahly, Esperance, Wydad, and Al-Raja.
The second classification: Zamalek, Sun Downs, Houria Kenya, and Etoile du Sahel.
The third classification: Al Hilal, CR Belouizdad, Petro Atletico of Angola, ES Setif.
Classification 4: Mars, Angolan Sagrada Esperanca, Guaneng Galaxy of Botswana, South Africa’s Amazulu.
It is expected that the draw for the group stage of the “African Champions” will be drawn at the end of December or the beginning of next January, with the competitions starting on February 11..
This classification paves the way for many strong matches between Arab clubs in this role. Perhaps we will witness the presence of Al-Ahly and Zamalek in one group, or Al-Hilal and Al-Marikh, or a purely Tunisian conflict between Esperance and the coastal star..
In the event that the draw does not result in the presence of two champions from the same country, the audience will be on a date with more than one interesting Arab summit.
For his part, sports critic Mohamed Tolba says that the Arab teams have imposed a strong control over the “African champions” in recent years, and it is expected that the matter will be repeated during the current edition of the African Championship..
And students add to “Sky News Arabia”: “During the last 12 editions of the tournament, Arab clubs won 9 titles, and these editions witnessed the presence of at least two Arab teams in the Golden Square, and there was at least an Arab club in the finals of these editions.“.
And he added: “During these editions, Al-Ahly of Egypt won four titles, Esperance of Tunisia three, ES Setif of Algeria won one title, and similarly the Moroccan club Wydad.”“.
The strength of the Arab teams
The sports critic also clarifies that there is a big potential difference between Arab clubs and the rest of the continent’s teams, especially at the level of spending on transfers, and this was proven by the latest FIFA report on the deals of the past decade..
This report indicates that the list of the first 10 clubs to spend on deals in Africa included 7 Arab clubs, led by the Egyptian Pyramids Club, the Egyptian Al-Ahly Club runner-up, and Tunisia’s Esperance third, while the Egyptian Zamalek came in fourth, and Tunisia’s Etoile Sahel ranked third. Fifth.
And Mohamed Tolba continues: “These numbers reflect the technical excellence of Arab club players from the rest of the continent’s teams, and this is what the African Championship competitions have translated during the last decade.“.
Students also expect that the clubs: Al-Ahly, Zamalek, Al-Taraji and Al-Rajaa are the strongest candidates to win the title this year.
Tolba concludes his interview with “Sky News Arabia”: “In the end, all indications are that we will be in front of a strong version of (African Champions), and this supports the current (CAF) plans to increase the viewership of the continental tournaments, which includes the establishment of the (African Super League) championship. And modify the format of competitions in some old tournaments“.