Bidvest Wits out to eliminate giants Al Ahly

Bidvest Wits out to eliminate giants Al Ahly
epa05842769 Al Ahly's player Junior Ajayi (R) in action against Bidvest Wits player Wangu Gome (L) during the African Champions League (CAF) match between Al Ahly and Bidvest Wits at Salam stadium in Cairo, Egypt, 11 March 2017. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Mar 16, 2017. 10:30

South Africa’s Bidvest Wits will look to claim the scalp of Egyptian giants Al Ahly when the teams meet in the return leg of their CAF Champions League first round tie.

The teams will battle at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday, 19 March 2017, kick-off at 15h30 CAT.

The first leg in Cairo this past weekend ended 1-0 in favour of the hosts, with Ahmed Hegazy scoring the decisive goal in the second half.

The narrow victory for the Red Devils suggests there is little to choose between the teams, and the Clever Boys will be hoping to turn the tie in their favour in Johannesburg.

Coach Gavin Hunt was pleased his side’s performance despite the defeat and believes they are more than capable of ousting the eight-time African champions.

“I came here and I predicted that we can win, I didn’t think about losing,” Hunt said after the first leg in Egypt.

“We are a small team compared to Al Ahly’s experience. The players did what they were asked to do and everything can happen in football.”

He added, “Al Ahly will play with their experience only in the second match, If I were them, I would be disappointed with this result.”

The Egyptians will be without influential players Hossam Ghaly and Junior Ajayi due to injury.

The match in Johannesburg is set to be refereed by Angola’s Helder Martins de Carvalho. The aggregate winners will advance into the new 16-team group stage.

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