LIVE: Esperance v Al Ahly | CAF Champions League 2018
Stay tuned as match is due to start at 21:00 Cairo time (GMT+2)
Venue: Stade olympique de Rades, Tunisia
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
Egypt’s Ahly is set to face Esperance de Tunis in a Champions League group stage game in Tunisia on Friday with the aim of securing a place in the competition’s quarters.
The eight-time African champions need one point from their two remaining games in their Group A against already qualified Esperance and Uganda’s Kampala to advance to the next round.
Ahly are currently second in the group with seven points, three points behind Esperance who top the group with 10 points.
“We will go to Tunisia to win. Maybe a draw will be a good result given other circumstances,” Ahly coach Patrice Carteron told the CAF official website on Thursday.
“But if we want to have a chance to win the group, maximum points in Tunisia will qualify us to the next round. We go there with a lot of motivation.”
“Depending on the result, if we have to qualify from the last game against Kampala we’ll do it.”
Ahly’s mission will not be easy against a good Tunisian side that will be looking to avenge their defeat against Ahly last term.
Last year, despite being held to a 2-2 at home by the Tunisians in the first-leg of the competition’s quarters, Ahly stunned Esperance 2-1 in Tunis to advance to the next round.