African Champions League group stage kicks off

Wydad Casablanca of Morocco have been crowned African champions twice in 1992 and 2017

The group stage of the 2018 African Champions League begins on Friday with several continental giants in action as well as some new faces.

Friday’s highlight sees eight-time winners Al Ahly of Egypt hosting Tunisia’s Esperance, continental champions in 1994 and 2011, in Group A.

There are two other games on Friday with the remaining five ties being played on Saturday.

This is the first weekend of the Confederation of African Football’s ruling