Continental giants and former champions Al Ahly and Esperance: history

The mini-league stage kick off couldn't have been more entertaining, as continental giants and former champions Al Ahly of Egypt and Esperance of Tunisia lock horns in the group stage curtain raiser today in Alexandria.

Record eight-time winners Ahly entertain North African neighbours and familiar foes Esperance at the 86000-seater Borg El Arab Stadium, just outside Egypt's second largest city Alexandria, with both sides drawn together in Group A of the lucrative group stage. Botswana's Township Rollers and Uganda's Kampala City Council Authority complete the pack.

With ten titles between the two sides, eight for Ahly and two for Esperance; it's a highly anticipated game between familiar foes, with 16 previous meetings at the continental level between 1990 and 2017. All but two of the previous meetings between the rivals were in the premier continental club championship.

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