Enyimba drawn against Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in inaugural African Football League



Twenty years after becoming the first Nigerian club side to win the CAF Champions League, Enyimba begin a new adventure at the inaugural African Football League, facing Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca.

That is one of the four pairings in the fixture conducted this Saturday in Cairo, Egypt.

In other pairings, Tanzania’s Simba Sports Club will face Egypt’s Al Ahly while TP Mazembe of Congo will face Tunisia’s Esperance. Angola’s Petro de Luanda are drawn against South Africa’s  Mamelodi Sundowns.

The fixtures of the Inaugural AFL competition are structured on a home and away basis.

The competition starts with knock-out quarter finals and will be followed by the semi-finals and the final; all of which are played over two legs.


This historic Inaugural edition of the AFL will take place over four weeks, kicking off with the Opening Ceremony and the first match on 20 October 2023 in Dar es Salam, Tanzania.

The semi-finals will take place between 29 October and 1 November.

The final matches which will determine the winner of the Inaugural AFL competition will take place on 5 and 11 November 2023.

The Inaugural AFL is a precursor to the fully-fledged AFL competition which will feature the 24 highest ranked football clubs on the African Continent and will commence during the 2024/2025 football season.

All quarter-final fixtures:

  • Simba vs Al Ahly
  • TP Mazembe vs Esperance
  • Enyimba vs Wydad AC
  • Petro de Luanda vs Mamelodi Sundowns

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