LIVE: Wydad v Al Ahly | CAF Champions League

LIVE: Wydad v Al Ahly | CAF Champions League

Time: 21:00 (Egypt) | 15:00 ET Canada-USA
Venue: Mohamed V Complex, Casablanca, Morocco
Referee: Janny Sikazwe
CAF Champions League semifinal

Morocco’s Wydad hosts Egypt’s Al Ahly at the Mohamed V Complex, Casablanca on Saturday, 17 October 2020.

Al Ahly football manager Sayed Abdel Hafeez confirmed that the Red Devils are ready for their upcoming their CAF Champions League (CL) semi-finals encounter against Wydad.

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All the players have undergone PCR tests in their residence, according to the precautionary measures implemented by the Confederation of the African Football (CAF).

Ahly have a chance this year to settle the score with Wydad and reach their third final in four years, and in coach Pitso Mosimane they have a new-found belief.

In their few games under Mosimane, Egyptian Premier League champions Ahly appeared more compact and relied more on a possession-based style, at times producing an intricate passing game.

But the biggest question that Mosimane will face is whether he can plug the gaps in Ahly’s backline, which is missing three central defenders through injury — Rami Rabia, Mahmoud Metwalli and Saad Samir.

A recent injury that hit Ayman Ashraf left Ahly with just one recognized center back in Yasser Ibrahim, who usually commits costly errors.

However, Ashraf has recovered and should be fit to partner Ibrahim against Wydad, with Mosimane saying he is ready to introduce a natural midfielder in the heart of defence in case of any emergency.

Al-Ahly’s squad for Wydad Clash includes:
Mohamed El-Shennawy, Ali Lotfi, Mustafa Shobeir, Mahmoud Wahid, Ayman Ashraf, Yasser Ibrahim, Mohamed Hany, Ahmed Fathi, Amr Al-Soulaya, Aliou Diang, Hamdi Fathi, Mohamed Magdi Afsha, Junior Ajayi, Saleh Gomaa, Hussein Al-Shahat, Ahmed Al-Sheikh, Walid Suleiman, Mahmoud Kahraba, Marwan Mohsen and Aliou Badji.

Wydad could be also facing a shortage at the back, with reports suggesting that Salaheddine Saidi, a natural midfielder who was expected to be deployed in defence, will miss the game after contracting COVID-19.

Ivorian defender Cheick Comara is also doubtful due to an injury.

CAF appointed on Friday Janny Sikazwe as the main referee for the semi-final encounter between Al Ahly and Wydad.

The second tie is set to take place on 23rd October in Cairo.

LIVE: Wydad v Al Ahly | CAF Champions League

Time: 21:00 (Egypt) | 15:00 ET Canada-USA

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