Al Ahly player Ali Maâloul (L) celebrates after soccer his goal during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Al Ahly and Etoile Sportive at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on in Alexandria, Egypt on 22 October 2017 © BackpagePix
Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 13:30
Egyptian Premier League champions Al Ahly have requested to play their first-leg of the CAF Champions League on Sunday at home.
The Red Devils are set to face Morocco's Wydad Casablanca in the final after beating Etoile du Sahel 6-2 (7-4 on aggregate) in the semi-final second leg on Sunday.
Media reports suggest that Ahly have written to CAF to request for the final to be played on Sunday and are now waiting for confirmation from the continental football governing body.
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Furthermore, the Cairo giants are also looking at bringing 70 000 fans to watch the encounter.
"Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry asked to play the first leg of the CAF Champions League final on Sunday, and we are waiting for the Confederation's response, because they put forward 27, 28 and 29 October, asking us to choose one of them," Ahly's Sherin Shams said on Monday.
"We are waiting for the CAF response within two days from now.
"We're asking for 70,000 fans to attend the game to support the team, as it is the official capacity of the Borg El-Arab Stadium.
"We won't ask for 80,000 to attend the game, as reported, but we will ask for the official capacity of the stadium."
The first leg of the final will be staged in Egypt this weekend and the return leg in Morocco on November 4.