xeniasports – Cairo
Fans of the round witch are waiting for the “Dreams” or “Final of the Century” match, as they called it between the Egyptian football poles Al-Ahly and Zamalek, in the final of the African Champions League, which will be held next Friday at Cairo International Stadium, precisely at nine in the evening.
Egyptian football fans are waiting for that match with great passion, especially since it is the first time that Al-Ahly meets with Zamalek in the final of the African Champions League, but it is not the first confrontation at the level of continental tournaments, as the two teams collected several previous matches in the same tournament, and the two clubs also met in the final The African Super Cup in 1994, and Zamalek won with the goal of Ayman Mansour.
South African coach Pitso Musimani, Al-Ahly coach, is seeking to win the second title for the same competition in his coaching career, after he won the continental title when he was technical director of Sun Downs, winning the 2016 title, after defeating Zamalek (3-1) in aggregate.
On the other hand, Portuguese Jaime Pacheco wants to make a great history on the continent, after he assumed responsibility last September, succeeding French Patrice Carteron, who left to train the Saudi team al-tawoon, and the coach enjoys great support from the management of the white club and its players.
Al-Ahly club has some important keys to playing in this confrontation, as it relies on the giant goalkeeper Muhammad Al-Shennawi, and in the defense line Ayman Ashraf and Yasser Ibrahim, on the right Muhammad Hani, and on the left Ali Maaloul, and they are the quartet who mainly plays matches in the past period due to the many absences Afflicted by the red genie.
In the midfield, Musimani relies on the Malian star Alliou Diang, next to him, Amr Al-Soulia, Hussein Al-Shahat in the center of the right-wing, and Junior Ajay as a left-wing, while the playmaker Mohamed Magdy “Afsha” is mainly relied on. Mohsen as a key player after winning Musimani’s confidence recently, after Senegalese Alliu Badji has been out of sight.
In Zamalek, Pacheco relies on the abilities of the distinguished goalkeeper Mohamed Abu Jabal as a key player in the den of the white genie, and in front of him is Abdullah Jumaa, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdi “Al-Winsh” and Hazem Imam, who is basically ready to participate in the continental final.
Zamalek’s coach relies on the midfield double on Tariq Hamed and Ferjani Sassi, who is the best in the white team this season, and in the offensive line depends on the playmaker Youssef Ibrahim “Obama”, and on his right is Ahmed Sayed “Zizou”, and on the left-wing plays Moroccan Ashraf Bin Sharqi One of the most prominent professional players in Egypt currently, while Mostafa Mohamed plays as the main striker.