Malien face Al Ahly challenge

Malien face Al Ahly challenge
Ahly's Abdallah El-Saied

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015. 13:58

Stade Malien will look to knock reigning CAF Confederation Cup champions Al Ahly off their stride when the teams meet in the second round of Group A matches on Sunday evening.

Kick-off at the Modibo Keita Stadium in Bamako will be at 18h30 CAT.

Malien come into the match needing a positive result against the Egyptian giants, this after they suffered a narrow 1-0 loss away to Etoile du Sahel in their group opener last month.

The Tunisians secured the victory thanks to a goal from Baghdad Bounedjah, leaving the Malians second bottom of the group.

Stade Malien enter the clash in good nick, having beaten rivals Real Bamako 1-0 in their domestic championship last week.

Coach Kamel Djabour believes participating in African club competition is helping his side improve week after week.

“This is the spirit of my players who made the difference today,” said Djabour after the win over Real.

“The team hardens over the matches, including the African cup matches we played outside. The Confederation Cup brings us to a level that will allow us to work properly in the coming weeks.”

Ahly, meanwhile, racked up an impressive 3-0 win over Tunisian giants Esperance de Tunis in their group opener, a result which sees them top of the log.

“We studied Esperance well and the players did what I told them to do. To start the group stage with a victory like this gives us confidence to defend our title in style,” said Ahly coach Fathi Mabrouk in the wake of the win over the ‘Blood and Gold’.

The teams last met in African competition in the 2012 Champions League, with Al Ahly defeating Malien 3-2 on aggregate in the second round.

Burundi referee Thierry Nkurunziza will take charge of the match in Bamako on Sunday.

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