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CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2017 : AL AHLY TO BATTLE FOR A FINAL SPOT AGAINST ETOILE DU SAHEL

Al Ahly and Étoile Sportive du Sahel will clash in a highly anticipated 2017 CAF Champions League semifinal second-leg showdown at the Borg-El Arab Stadium on Sunday evening.

Kick-off is at 17 :00 GMT.

Victor Gomes of South Africa will officiate the encounter.

The Tunisian club head to Alexandria in control following a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture earlier this month.

Alaya Brigui and Mohamed Amine Ben Amor provided the goals for the hosts at the Stade Olympique de Sousse, but Saleh Gomaa’s away goal for the Egyptians gave Ahly some hope and confidence.

Aggregate victory will secure Al Ahly’s place in the CAF CL final for an unprecedented 11th time – with the Egyptians having clinched Africa’s premier cup competition on eight previous occasions.

One of only two defeats in the showpiece came against Étoile 10 years ago. The Tunisians clinching a 3-1 win over their counterparts in Egypt, after the first leg in Sousse ended in a goalless stalemate.

Victory served as revenge for Etoile, with the club having suffered defeat at the hands of their North African rivals in the 2005 final. Al Ahly claiming a 3-0 aggregate win to hold the crown aloft.

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Al Ahly head coach Hossam el Badry is counting on the club’s loyal fan base to help the team across the line in Alexandria this weekend.

“I am sure fan support on Sunday will ease our mission to snatch the qualifying ticket,” El Badry told his club’s official website.

“The attendance of 50,000 fans – approved by security authorities – will definitely be a positive boost for the team to overcome the loss,” he concluded.

The winner will come up against either USM Alger or Wydad Casablanca in the 2017 CAF Champions League final. The first-leg in Algiers finished in a 0-0 draw.

Al Ahly are set to miss the services of midfielder Hossam Ashour after he is ruled out of the CAF Champions League semifinal match against Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel.

 

The midfielder is ruled out for the second time as they will host the second-leg at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium on Sunday.

Ashour was ruled out of the 2-1 first-leg loss in Sousse due to a knee injury early this month and will not be able to take part this weekend.

Media reports suggest that Ashour sustained a groin problem in Monday’s 4-1 league victory over lowly Ragaa.

Source : Africanfootball

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