LIVE: Esperance v Al Ahly | CAF Champions League | 09/23/2017

LIVE: Esperance v Al Ahly | CAF Champions League | 09/23/2017 Match Info: Match K.O. at 20:00 Local Cairo time (GMT+2) Venue: Stade Olympique Rades, Tunis Referee: Neant Alioum...
Al Ahly v Esperance
Al Ahly v Esperance

LIVE: Esperance v Al Ahly | CAF Champions League | 09/23/2017

Match Info:

Match K.O. at 20:00 Local Cairo time (GMT+2)
Venue: Stade Olympique Rades, Tunis
Referee: Neant Alioum

Ahly will be hoping for a repeat of the 2012 Champions League final which saw them win the title following a first-leg home draw against Esperance, when both sides meet once again in the same competition in Rades on Saturday.

Following a 2-2 first-leg draw at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium last week, the Cairo giants will be eyeing a victory in the Champions League last-eight return-leg against the Tunisians this time around.

Ahly will be hoping for a repeat of the 2012 final, where they prevailed 2-1 in the second leg away from home following a 1-1 first-leg draw in Alexandria.

Despite Esperance’s goal advantage going into the second leg, manager Faouzi Benzarti still acknowledged how important it is to deny the record African champions the opportunity to impose their game and ‘implement their own strategy’.

“It is important not to allow Ahly develop their game and implement their own strategy,” Benzarti said ahead of the game.

“We are looking forward to scoring goals. We always play every game looking for a win.”

Esperance and Tunisia star winger Fakhreddine Ben Youssef echoed his manager’s sentiments, asserting they will not be eyeing a draw against Ahly following the positive result they claimed in Alexandria.

“We will not be playing for a draw despite the positive result in the first leg,” Ben Youssef said.

“We will play our normal game, as we look to please all the fans who will be there cheering on us.”

Ahly go into the game at full strength, with only key center-back Saad Samir doubtful for the game with a groin injury.

Should Samir be ruled out, the Ahly center-back duo are likely to feature Rami Rabia and Mohamed Naguib following the departure of Ahmed Hegazi to West Bromwich.

Esperance, meanwhile, will be missing regular keeper Moez Ben Cherifia to injury, a setback that Hossam El-Badry’s men will be keen to exploit.

Eight-time African champions Ahly last won the last of their titles in 2013.

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LIVE: Esperance v Al Ahly | CAF Champions League | 09/23/2017

Match K.O. at 20:00 Local Cairo time (GMT+2)

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