The Tunisian clubs Etoile Sahel and Esperance triumphed during the fourth round of the CAF Champions League this weekend to become the first qualifiers for the quarterfinals.
Etoile achieved a routine 2-0 win at home over Mbabane Swallows of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and Esperance beat Kampala Capital City Authority 1-0 in Uganda.
TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of the Congo close to sealing a defending champion, Wydad Casablanca, is also on its way to the knockout phase after a pair of early goals gave it a 2-0 win at home to Horoya de Guinea.  19659003] With two remaining days, AFP Sport analyzes the possible result in the four groups of the elite of the African club competition.
After a bad start, eight-time Egyptian champions Al Ahly have recovered with two wins over Township Rollers from Botswana and are ready to qualify for Esperance.
Even if the & # 39; Red Devils & # 39; of Cairo lose to Esperance in the next round, they will still reach the round of 16 by a house draw against Kampal a.
Both clashes on Matchday 4 ended 1-0 with Salif Coulibaly leading a late winner for Ahly in Rollers and Haythem Jouini scoring just before halftime for Esperance in Kampala.
Mazembe would have secured a last eight place with a win at Mouloudia, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw when Walid Derrardja canceled a goal by Elia Meschak.
However, the Congolese will return to Algeria during August and a point in the Entente Setif will make sure to be among the eight clubs in the quarter-final draw.
Setif maintained their hopes of advancing with life by drawing 1-1 against Difaa el Jadida of Morocco and it is likely that the duel of the sixth date in Mouloudia will decide who finishes second.
Wydad is dominating the group thanks to the proven formula of winning at home and moving away and looking destined to lead the final classification.
Horoya came to Casablanca with an undefeated record only to fall two goals behind with n 18 minutes, when Cheikh Comara and Mohamed Ounajem, born in Côte d'Ivoire, scored.
The race to finish as runners-up will probably go straight, with the most likely possibility that Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa will move forward if they defeat Horoya in Pretoria.
Etoile has justified his role as favorite in the weakest of the four groups, proving to be too strong for his three opponents from South Africa.
Zesco United of Zambia conceded a goal in the last minute and another eight minutes in injury time to lose 2-1 in Primeiro Agosto of Angola.
That result puts the Angolans in pole position to advance with Etoile, as they will enjoy the home advantage in the sixth round on Swallows.