Do-or-die for Al Ahly in home clash against Etoile du Sahel
Time: 19:00 Cairo Local Time
Venue: Borg El-Arab Stadium, Alexandria, EGYPT.
Al Ahly will be looking to reach their first CAF Champions League final since last winning the title in 2013 when they host Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel in the competition’s semi-final return-leg at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium on Sunday.
Al Ahly is READY!!!
Ahly manager Hossam El Badry said he has total confidence in his players’ ability to make up for the absence of key duo Hossam Ashour and Ahmed Fathi in the Champions League semi-final return-leg against Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel on Sunday.
After being defeated 2-1 in Sousse early in October, Ahly will be keen to overturn the deficit against the Tunisians at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium.
The Reds, however, will have to do without Ashour and Fathi for injury and automatic suspension respectively, but manager El-Badry looked totally confident in the players at his disposal.
“The absence of Ashour and Fathi would surely affect us given their value in the team, but all the players will be keen to give it his all,” El-Badry told the pre-match press conference.
“All the players in our 18-man squad are ready for the game, they just need to focus.
“I have total confidence in them and that they will have the spirit to qualify for the final and please our fans.”
Ahly have failed to reach the Champions League final since winning the last of their record eight titles in 2013.
“We are ready to beat Ahly again in Alexandria”
Etoile du Sahel manager Hubert Velud said his side are ready to beat Ahly in Alexandria.
“We are ready to beat Ahly in Alexandria exactly like what we did in Tunisia,” the French boss said in the pre-match press-conference.
“For sure it will be a difficult game since we’re facing a big club like Ahly, but we are ready.
“We came here to qualify for the final.”
Should Ahly overcome Etoile, they will meet Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League Final.