Al Ahly and Etoile Sahel will renew rivalries when they face off for a quarterfinal spot in a highly competitive Group B. Date of the match has been changed to 26th January, 2020. Kickoff remains 9pm CAT.
Al Ahly Probable XI: El Shenawy – Fathy, Rabia, Ashraf, Maaloul – Sulaya, Dieng – El Shahat, Kahraba, Ajayi – Mohsen (4-2-3-1)
Etoile Sahel Probable XI: Krir – Boughattas, Sallemi, Konate – Kechrida, Ben Amor, Baayou, Boukhenchouche, Ben Ouanes – Msakni, Aribi (3-5-2)
What is at stake?
big talk from the gaffer
Do I have to spell it out? Things in Group B have gotten incredibly complicated. There are three teams with a chance to finish top of the group. Etoile Sahel are, at the moment, top of the group with 9 points and will qualify for the CAFCL quarterfinals with a draw away to Al Ahly. This is easier said than done as Ahly get to beat any team at home.
Nevertheless, the Cairo team has it harder. They have 7 points and their last match will be away to Al Hilal – who have 6 points. Al Ahly have shown that they are not a good team away from home. They absolutely need to not only win for their qualification chances but also over prospects of finishing first in the group. Rene Weiler’s career at the club is also on the line – as is with every Ahly coach on CAFCL match-days.
What will the match be like?
Al Ahly dominated the meeting between these two teams in Rades despite going down to 10 men and despite the loss result. This will not change for the upcoming meeting. The Egyptian team simply has more quality when you compare man-to-man. The headache for coach Weiler will be on the right wing and on whether to give Kahraba a start in the CAFCL. The Egyptian player got himself a brace in a domestic match and is knocking on the starting XI.
Etoile Sahel should not even have a chance at qualification. The team continued its poor run of form with a routine loss to Esperance Tunis in a league meeting. The away win over Al Hilal looks so much like a fluke. Anyway, expect Garrido to set up his team conservatively in Cairo. He may switch his 3-4-3 into a 3-5-2 hoping to steal a result.
Al Ahly 2-0 Etoile Sahel
It is difficult to look past a comfortable home win for Ahly despite the Tunisians’ ability to play for results. Cairo is always a whole other ball game. Al Ahly are in great form and are eager to show this at the CAFCL level – something they have not quite done so far.