COSAFA club Mamelodi Sundowns were drawn against record holders Al Ahly for a second successive season in the African Champions League quarter-finals when the draw was conducted in Cairo on Friday.
The clash between the two also pits Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane against his former club in an exciting addition to any already fraught rivalry.
South African Mosimane left Sundowns in August to join the Cairo giants, whose eight past Champions League successes is more than all the titles of the other quarter-finalists pooled together.
Mosimane led Sundowns to 2016 Champions League success and just weeks after his arrival saw Ahly to last season’s title.
Ahly knocked out Sundowns at the same stage of last year’s competition 3-1 on aggregate before going on to take the title.
COSAFA’s other representative in the competition, Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa, will take on top Tanzanian side Simba SC.
The draw for the quarter-finals of the continent’s secondary competition, the African Confederation Cup, was also conducted on Friday with COSAFA’s Orlando Pirates, also of South Africa, given a tough pairing against Moroccan outfit Raja Casablanca
African Champions League quarter-final draw:
Al Ahly (Egypt) v Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)
Mouloudia Alger (Algeria) v Wydad Casablanca (Morocco)
Chabab Belouizdad (Algeria) v Esperance (Tunisia)
Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa) v Simba (Tanzania)
African Confederation Cup quarter-final draw:
CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) v JS Kabylie (Algeria)
Orlando Pirates (South Africa) v Raja Casablanca (Morocco)
Pyramids (Egypt) v Enyimba (Nigeria)
Coton Sport (Cameroon) v Diaraf Dakar (Senegal)
Team mentioned first played at home in the first leg.
Quarterfinal ties will be played on the weekend of May 14-15 and May 21-22. The semi-finals are set for June 18-19 and June 25-26.
The Confederation Cup final will be on July 10 and the Champions League final is on July 17. The venues for the finals have yet to be determined by the Confederation of African Football.