LIVE: Al Ahly v Al Merrikh | CAF Champions League

LIVE: Al Ahly v Al Merrikh | CAF Champions League

21:00 Cairo Local Time | 14:00 ET Canada-USA
Venue: Cairo Stadium

Just a few days after claiming the bronze medal in the Club World Cup, defending champions Ahly will kick off their African Champions League group stage campaign against Sudanese giants Merrikh on Tuesday.

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The Reds, who have nine Champions League titles under their belt, beat Brazilian Champions Palmeiras for third place, becoming the only African side to claim a medal twice in the elite FIFA club competition, following their maiden bronze medal in 2006.

Ahly skipper Mohamed El-Shennawi stressed that celebrations were over and they’ve turned over the World Cup page, and are now fully concentrated on their upcoming goals.

“We seek to keep the Champions League title and win it for the 10th time in order to return to participate in the Club World Cup,” the 32-year-old keeper told Ahly’s official website.

While high on confidence, the Cairo giants have been hit by injuries that may put some restrictions on the choices of coach Pitso Mosimane.

Ahly will have to do without Ali Maaloul, Ayman Ashraf and Salah Mohsen, who sustained injuries during the Club World Cup. Veteran forward Walid Soliman remains unavailable with a hamstring injury, and most recently rising forward Taher Mohamed Taher, who made a big impact during the Club World Cup, suffered a muscle strain in training.

Hussein El-Shahat is another notable absentee from this game, as he is still serving a four-match suspension from CAF over the incidents that followed the latest Champions League final.

On the other side, Merrikh’s Tunisian coach Nasreddine Nabi has revealed his optimism to achieve something positive in Cairo.

Tanzania’s Simba have gone to the top of Group A after beating DR Congo’s Vita Club 1-0 on Friday.

LIVE: Al Ahly v Al Merrikh | CAF Champions League

21:00 Cairo Local Time | 14:00 ET Canada-USA

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