Alger eye first-leg advantage against Wydad

Alger eye first-leg advantage against Wydad
Fabrice Nguessi Ondama (R) of Wydad Casablanca

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Sep 28, 2017. 15:00

USM Alger will lock horns with Wydad Casablanca in the 2017 CAF Champions League match on Friday.

The semi-final first-leg match will be played at the Stade du 5 Juillet in the Algerian city of Algiers.

Kick-off is at 19h00 CAT.

Alger, who are the 2015 runners-up, booked their place in the last four after defeating Mozambican side Ferrovi√°rio Beira on the away goals rule.

The quarter-final tie had ended in a 1-1 stalemate on aggregate following a 0-0 draw in the second-leg clash in Algiers last weekend.

Paul Put, the Alger head coach, is likely to unleash hard-working forward Abderrahmane Meziane Bentahar against Wydad.

Meanwhile, Wydad, who won this tournament in 1992, advanced to the semi-finals after defeating South African side Mamelodi Sundowns 3-2 on penalties.

The quarter-final tie had ended in a 1-1 draw on aggregate after Wydad defeated the defending champions 1-0 in the second-leg clash in Rabat last weekend.

Wydad coach Ihoussaine Ammouta will look to exciting forward Mohammed Ounajem to lead the team's attack.

The winner on aggregate between Alger and Wydad will face off with either Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel or Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the final.

Referee Sidi Alioum, who hails from Cameroon, will officiate the encounter between Alger and Wydad on Friday.

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