The unprecedented final of the African Champions League 2017 promises to be indecisive between Cairo’s Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca, who had already played in a pool match for a win each (2-0). Saturday, October 28, the Cairo club, who receives for the round to go, could take advantage of his experience to take an option.
On Saturday, October 28 at 7:00 pm (UTC 17:00), the 86,000 spectators at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt will ignite the venue to celebrate their return to the Al Ahly final four years after their last Champions League trophy.
Above all, against Wydad Casablanca, fans of the Egyptian team hope to play their role as the 12th man who allowed their club to grind in the semi-final return Esperance Tunis (6-2).
Best attack against best defense
It is a final that looks balanced in view of the course of the two teams who were housed in the same pool at the beginning of the competition. In their direct confrontation, Al Ahly had won 2-0 in the first leg in Cairo, and Wydad won by the same score on their return to Casablanca.
But this time, the “Red Devils” can count on their experience in the competition to tame Moroccans. Al Ahly will indeed play his eleventh Champions League final (8 titles) against a Wydad that has only one trophy (1992) and a lost final (2011).
The visitors will have to try to keep their solidity (6 goals conceded in 12 matches) against the best attack of the competition (20 goals in 12 matches).
Duel of Moroccan scorers
To hope to make a success in Alexandria, Wydad also relies on his striker Achraf Bencharki, author of four achievements in the Champions League. The 23-year-old Moroccan striker was decisive in the semi-final against Usma Alger (3-1) with a double and a decisive pass.
Opposite, the Egyptians also count on a Lion of the Atlas to make the difference: Walid Azaro. The 22-year-old striker (4 goals) hopes to play his compatriots a bad turn as he did in front of Tunisia’s Esperance of Tunisia against whom he scored a hat-trick in the semi-final return (6-2 ).
The return leg is scheduled for Saturday, November 4 in Casablanca. The winner of the Champions League will participate in the FIFA Club World Cup from 6 to 16 December 2017.