Red Devils set to secure CAFCL final spot

Red Devils set to secure CAFCL final spot
Yasser Ibrahim of Al Ahly challenged by Abdelmoumen Djabou of ES Setif during the CAF Champions League 2021/22 Semifinal 1st Leg match between Al Ahly and ES Setif held at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on 7 May 2022 ©Weam Mostafa/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday May 13, 2022. 11:00

Al Ahly will look to close out their CAF Champions League semifinal tie against ES Setif with as few complications as possible, as they take on the host team in the return-leg match at the Stade du 5 Juillet in Algiers on Saturday night, kick-off at 21:00 CAT.

Ahly take a 4-0 lead (established by goals from Percy Tau, Taher Mohamed and Mohamed Sherif) into this clash after a dominant showing against 10-man Setif (who had Amir Karaoui sent off in the first half) in the first leg in Cairo last weekend.

The Red Devils are chasing an unprecedented third successive CAFCL title (as well a record-extending 11th overall), while the Black Eagles are looking for the biggest turnaround in a knockout tie in the competition’s history: three-goal deficits have been recovered six times, though all such examples have been in the preliminary rounds. A four-goal recovery would be a record.

Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane insists that his side will take nothing for granted despite their dominant position.

“We have not qualified to the final,” said the South African tactician. “You will see our preparations are not going to be casual. Even the team over there will not be casual.

“I’ve been a coach for 21 years. I’ve seen teams turn the result from 4-0 to 5-4. Maybe it has happened here (Egypt) I’m not sure.”

His Setif counterpart, Darko Novic, acknowledges that they face a huge task in trying to turn the tie around, but is hopeful that they will put up a strong showing in front of their supporters.

“We are well prepared in Setif,” said Novic. “We conducted many technical analyses to choose our strategy in the two games.”

Tunisia referee Sadok Selmi will take charge of the match in Algiers on Saturday night. The aggregate winners will advance to the final in Morocco on 30 May and face either Petro de Luanda or Wydad Casablanca.

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