Asian Champions League Group stage draw: Tough group for Al Hilal and Al Ahli
The AFC Champions League draw was held on Thursday at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
Al Hilal came in the most difficult group in the draw. Al Hilal was positioned at the 3rd group along with Al Duhail, The champions of the Qatari League, Al Ain, the champions of UAE League. The third team was Estighlal Tehran., the Iranian team.
Meanwhile, Al Ahli came in the fourth group with Al Sadd and Persepolis. The third team would be determined after the Playoffs round which would be one of Bakhtakour, Iraqi Air Force or Al Nassr of UAE.
Al Ittihad had Al Wahda, Locomotive Uzbekistan and the winner from the playoff round between Al Rayan, Menrefa or Seiba.
Al Nassr was the luckiest team handed the easiest group with Al Wasl and Al Zawraa. It is worth noting that Al Nassr would have to pass through the playoff rounds first. They will start the playoffs on 17th February.