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Friday, 27 November 2020 16:20

CAF CL FINAL PREVIEW: Zamalek SC vs Al Ahly Featured

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The much awaited CAF Champions League final comes on tonight between two Egyptian giants Zamalek SC and Al Ahly in a mouthwatering encounter.

Originally, the game was to be staged at Japoma Stadium in Douala, the first time the final of the Champions League was going to be held in a one legged game but has been moved to Cairo International Stadium due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
This is going to be the first time clubs from the same country and city are engaging each other in the final of the CAF Champions league.
 
The two clubs posses rich histories as far as the CAF club competitions are concern. Zamalek have won the title on five occasions whiles Ahly have won it eight times, more than any other club.
 
The two teams weren't that convincing during the group stages with both teams finishing second in their respective groups.
 
The White Knights finished second behind T.P Mazembe in Group A amassing only 5 points whiles Ahly also came second behind Etoile Du Sahel with 7 points also in Group B.
 
Zamalek having had a poor start, repeated what happened in the CAF Super Cup after eliminating defending champions Esperance in the quarter finals before running out 4-1 on aggregate scoreline over Raja Athletic Club in the Semi final.
 
However, the Red Devils also thumped on 2017 champions Wydad Athletic Club by 5-1 on aggregate to pave their way through the final.
 
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Both teams are having coronavirus concerns as they still await the recovery of players like Walid Soliman, Mahmoud Kahraba, Abdelmoneim, Mahmoud El Wensh and Medhat Abdelhady
 
Good news for Zamalek as Hazem Emam and Mohammed Hassan have all recovered fully from the virus.
 
But the White Knights will still have the service of players like Achraf Bencharki, Mustapha Mohammed, Sayed Zizou, Mahmoud Ala, Ferjani Sassi, experience Tarek Tamed and more
 
Also, Al Ahly can also boost of the presence of Junior Ayi, Malian Aliou Dieng, Ali Maloul, Marwan Mohsen, Mohammed 'Afsa' Magdy etc.
 
The Ahly fans are very optimistic of winning tonight due to the history that; their newly appointed coach Pitso Mosimane defeated Zamalek in 2016 to win the same competition, then with Mamelodi Sundowns.
 
However, on the opposition end, Portuguese tactician Jaime Pacheco also believes the trophy belongs to the White Knights.
 
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
Time: 1900GMT/ 7:00pm
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