CAFCL FINAL: Al Ahly vs Wydad Athletic Club; Preview, team news, kick-off, channels to watch and more
Holders Al Ahly will face Moroccan giants Wydad Athletic Club in the 2021/22 CAF Champions League final tonight at the Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca.
The Red Devils will hope to maintain their dominance on the continent by lifting the trophy for the third consecutive year to mark the eleventh in their history.
Moreover, the Red Castles have been arguably the best team so far in this year’s competition and will be looking to land their third after conquering in 1992 and 2017.
The last time the two teams met in the last two of the same competition was in 2017 and it was the Moroccans who prevailed with a 3-2 victory on aggregate, after drawing 1- 1 in Alexandria before sealing a 2-1 win. home in Casablanca to become champions.
Al Ahly had a very shaky and nervous start to the competition after finishing second in Group B with 10 points, which is unusual as they trailed group leaders Mamelodi Sundowns with six points. They have recorded three wins from the six games in total, one draw and two consecutive defeats against the South African champions.
In the round of 16, the grandmasters edged out fellow Moroccan giants Raja Athletic Club before humbling Algeria’s ES Setif in the semis with a 6-2 aggregate triumph.
On the other hand, Wydad AC led Group D very well and showed their superiority over other teams by winning five with just one loss, which puts them 15 points ahead.
They suffered a very tough game from CR Beloiuzdad in round 16 but managed to narrowly eliminate the Algerians before going out Petro Athletico 4-2 in the semi-finals.
Al Ahly gaffer Pitso Mosimane, who is aiming for his fourth title, confirmed he has a full squad to march through today and also welcomed centre-back Badr Banoun, who has been absent for some time due to of an injury.
Mozambique international Luis Miquissone was ruled out of the match due to an injury he picked up in the semi-final against Setif.
Coach Walid Regragui, on behalf of WAC, has all his players fully fit and ready for the big game ahead, except for Libyan striker Muaid Ellafi who continues to recover from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The probable queues
Al Ahly: Mohammed El Shenawy, Mohammed Hany, Ali Maaloul, Ibrahim Yaseer, Ayman Ashraf, Aliou Dieng, Hamdi Fathi, Hussein El Shahat, Taher Mohammed, Ahmed Abdelkader, Percy Tau.
WAC: Ahmed Tagnaouti, Ayoub El Amloud, Yahia Allah, Achraf Dari, Amine Barhani, Yahya Jabrane, Jalal Daoudi, Reda Jaadi, Badie Aouk, Ayman El Hassouni, Guy Mbenza
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From: Iddriss Abdul Rahim