Al Ahly v Kaizer Chiefs | CAF Champions League Final Preview
The match will be played on Saturday, July 17th, 2021. Kickoff at 15:00 ET 21:00 Cairo Local Time.
Al Ahly are the title holders and are playing their record 14th Champions League final. They also hold the record of most titles won (9) having been crowned champions in 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2019-20.
The South African Mosimane called up his full power for the game, including injured players like influential playmaker Walid Soliman, attacking midfielder Mohamed Mahmoud and midfielder Karim “Nedved” Walid.
Nine-time African champions Ahly booked their place in the prestigious tournament final after beating Tunisian giants Esperance 4-0 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, the South African side reached their first-ever Champions League final after beating Morocco’s Wydad 1-0 on aggregate in a two-legged semi-final.
Ahly’s 28 man squad for the final:
Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shenawy, Aly Lotfy, Mostafa Shobier
Defenders: Mahmoud Wahid, Mahmoud Metwaly, Ramy Rabia, Yasser Ibrahim, Ayman Ashraf, Badr Benoun, Saad Samir, Ali Maaloul, Mohamed Hani
Midfielders: Hamdy Fathi, Aliou Dieng, Amr El-Sulaya, Magdi Afsha, Karim “Nedved” Walid, Mohamed Mahmoud, Akram Tawfik, Walid Soliman, Hussien El-Shahat
Forwards: Mahmoud Kahraba, Marwan Mohsen, Mohamed Sherif, Salah Mohsen, Walter Bwalya, Taher Mohamed Taher, Junior Ajayi
-Kaizer Chiefs are playing their first-ever Champions League final.
Kaizer Chiefs’ winger Khama Billiat revealed on Sunday that his team is preparing tactics ahead of the African Champions League encounter against Egypt’s Ahly, confirming he is optimistic to claim a positive result against the titleholders.
“We are 90 minutes away from winning the big cup that every team in Africa is bidding to claim,” Billiat told the club’s media center.
“We are counting on one or two tactics that could make a difference against Ahly in the final and we are ready for the game,”
The 30-year-old Billiat was part of Mamelodi Sundowns when they defeated Egypt’s Zamalek and claimed the 2016 African Cup of Nations title.
“I lived in the same atmosphere before and I understand well the difficulty of the game, and I know the feeling of victory,” Billiat said.
“We will follow the tactics of our coach and I think these tactics will lead us to a brilliant victory against Ahly,” the Zimbabwean forward said.
“We will face a big team in the final,” he added.
The South African side reached their first-ever Champions League final after beating Morocco’s Wydad 1-0 on aggregate in a two-legged semi-final, while Ahly booked their place after beating Tunisian giants Esperance 4-0 on aggregate.
New Rules for CAF Champions League Final
Five substitutions for each team are allowed, with nine players on the bench.
If the 90 minutes of regular time end in a draw, 30 minutes of extra time will be played. An extra substitution is allowed in extra time.
If there is no winner after the extra time, a penalty shootout will take place to determine the winners.