Al Ahly, Etoile renew their rivalry

Al Ahly, Etoile renew their rivalry
Saad Samir of Al Ahly

by Bertin Basson

Sunday Oct 01, 2017. 13:00

Al Ahly and Étoile Sportive du Sahel will renew their rivalry in the CAF Champions League when they go head-to-head in a semifinal first-leg clash at the Stade Olympique de Sousse on Sunday evening.

Kick-off is at 18h30 local time (19h30 CAT).

The Red Devils are unrivaled in Africa's premier club competition, and will be aiming to reach an 11th final in the CAFCL with victory over two-legs.

Al Ahly booked their place in the final four following a 4-3 aggregate win over Espérance de Tunis, and will now be eyeing victory over another Tunisian outfit.

The 'Club of the Century' were held to a 2-2 draw at home, but showed their mettle in Radès to emerge as aggregate winners over Espérance, Junior Ajayi with the decisive goal on the day.

ESS, who clinched the 2007 title following a 3-1 aggregate win over this weekend's counterparts, beat Libyan outfit Al-Ahli Tripoli in the semifinals. Amr Marey with a brace in the second-leg for the Tunisian powerhouse.

The result is one of only two defeats suffered by Al Ahly in a final, with the Egyptians boasting no fewer than eight titles. The Red Devils beat their North African counterparts 3-0 overall in the 2005 final.

Al Ahly, though, haven't won the CAFCL in four years, and are growing ever restless heading to the Mediterranean coast.

"Our fantastic fans are demanding that we win the Champions League this year," said Al Ahly head coach Hossam el Badry.

"They want a ninth star on our shirts and a chance to compete against the best at the FIFA Club World Cup.

"Our target is to win the Champions League this year - nothing less," he concluded.

Gabonese match official Eric Otogo-Castane will take charge of the clash.

The reverse fixture will take place in Alexandria on the 20th of October 2017.

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