In order to stay in contention for the quarterfinals of the African Champions League, Al Ahly must secure a victory over Mamelodi Sundowns at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in South Africa tonight, despite playing away from home.
At present, Ahly holds the third position in Group B with 4 points, while Sundowns are in second place with 7 points. Meanwhile, Al Hilal from Sudan sits at the top of the group with 9 points, having played one more game than Ahly and Sundowns.
Ahly’s chances of progressing to the quarterfinals were undermined by a 2-2 draw against Sundowns in Cairo and a 1-0 defeat to Al-Hilal in Sudan, which cost them 4 crucial points in the group stage.
Following their match against Sundowns, the Red Devils will travel to Cameroon to play against Coton Sport in the fifth round of the group stage.
A favorable outcome in the Sundowns game would provide Ahly with the crucial impetus they require as they head into another crucial encounter against Coton Sport, which they must win.