Al Ahly's player Ahmed Fathi (L) in action against an Wydad Casablanca player Yassine El Kordy (R) during the African Champions League (CAF) group stage match between Al Ahly and Asec Mimosas at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 16 July 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI
Tuesday Jul 26, 2016. 10:55
Egyptian giants Al Ahly will hope to restore their pride when they visit Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in a CAF Champions League Group A match on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils are low on confidence; as they have lost two matches and drawn one from their opening three fixtures, which puts them under immense pressure heading into the midweek clash.
Mathematically, they face an early exit in the tournament as they are slowly losing out on the semifinal spot, but a win will revive their hopes.
A victory could see Al Ahly jump up to third spot with four points, but that will all depend on the result between Zesco United of Zambia and Cote d'Ivoire's ASEC Mimosas on the same day.
Coach Martin Jol is a man under pressure as the Egyptian Premier League and eight time winners chances of a ninth Champions League crown seems to be slipping out of their reach.
On the other hand, Wydad will want to build on to their 0-0 draw against the Red Devils away in Cairo, and to win at home will boost their chances of winning the group.
The Rouges et Blancs are in high spirits for this clash, especially considering the fact that they're at home and a win will take them to 10 points as number one in the group.
Coach John Toshack will now have to work on the minds of his players as they are motivated having come back unwounded from the Egyptian capital.
Wydad have done well in the continental competition this season as they have bagged two victories over Zesco and Mimosas respectively, whilst drawing one against Al Ahly.
This crucial match will decide Al Ahly's fate in the competition - for Wydad a spot in the semifinals is virtually guaranteed if they manage to overcome the Egyptians.
Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah in Rabat is set to host the encounter on Wednesday night. Kick-off is at 20h30.