Thursday May 27, 2021. 16:00
RS Berkane captain Mohamed Aziz has stated that his side will be chasing redemption when they face Al Ahly in the CAF Super Cup on Friday evening.
RSB and the Red Devils, as champions of the 2019-20 CAF Confederation Cup and CAF Champions League respectively, will meet in this delayed edition of the Super Cup, set for the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar with kick-off at 18:00 CAT.
Berkane claimed their first continental trophy by defeating Egypt’s Pyramids FC in the final in November last year, but things have not gone smoothly for the Moroccan side ever since.
They find themselves only 10th in the Moroccan Botola league, with just six wins from 18 matches so far in the 2020-21 season.
They also dropped out of the ongoing Confederation Cup tournament before the knockout phase, after only finishing third in their group behind JS Kabylie and Coton Sport.
“Playing against Al Ahly will be tough but RS Berkane improved a lot recently and we will defend our chances in winning the Super Cup,” Aziz told Le360, as quoted by KingFut.
“Berkane [have] got strong players and we will attempt to redeem ourselves for the poor performances in the league to make the fans happy.
“We will deliver a big display against Al Ahly and, God willing, the result will be ours.”
Ahly, meanwhile, have been boosted by news that a trio of previously injured or doubtful players will be available for the match.
Ali Maaloul, Hamdi Fathi and Ayman Ashraf will be fit to face RSB in Doha on Friday. “Fathi is ready for the Super Cup match after getting the green light from the specialist doctor following a recent scan on his injury,” club doctor Ahmed Abu-Abla is quoted by Ahram Online.
“Ali Maaloul is 100 percent ready to play in the CAF Super Cup, and the decision is in the hands of [manager] Pitso Mosimane. The player participated in the training naturally and completely,” said director of football Sayed Abdel-Hafiz, as quoted by KingFut.
Al Ahly will be chasing a record-extending seventh CAF Super Cup title, having last won the trophy in 2014.