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On Monday, Al Ahly will target their third straight Caf Champions League trophy when they take on Wydad Casablanca in the 2021-22 final at Mohammed V Stadium.
Despite starting slowly in the competition this season, failing to score in three of their first four games (W1 D1 L2), the Red Devils reached the final after a 6-2 aggregate win against Algeria’s ES Setif.
Pitso Mosimane's side secured a 4-0 semi-final first-leg win at Al-Salam Stadium Cairo before travelling to Algiers for the return leg and managing a 2-2 draw at Stade du 5 Juillet.
Meanwhile, Wydad, who are the top-scoring team in the Champions League this season with 20 goals, booked their place in the final following a 4-2 aggregate result against Petro de Luanda of Angola.
The Moroccan giants won the first meeting 3-1 away at Estadio 11 de Novembro before returning home to claim a 1-1 draw in the return battle at Stade Mohammed V.
The Red Devils will miss the services of injured players Akram Tawfik, Amman Handy, and Mozambican forward Luis Miquisson, but will have Amr El-Sulya, Aliou Dieng, and Hamdy Fathi back from the treatment table for the final.
Despite the injury setbacks, Mosimane, who has put his eyes on leading the Egyptian giants to their third consecutive title and 11th overall, believes they have what it takes to make history in Morocco.
“It’s an honour, a privilege and it’s historical for our club to make a third cup final in a row because we have never made it,” the 57-year-old South Africa told CafOnline.
“Even though we had made a lot of cup finals but we had never made it three times in a row. As much as it is important for the history of the club, we are not really fixated in that; we are fixated on the match.
Because what is the point of making the third final in a row and you don’t win it? Our mind is not on that, our mind is on winning the cup final. Of course, we acknowledge that we have made the third cup final in a row and it’s a big step because no team does that.”
Wydad coach Walid Regragui will be without injured Libyan forward Muaid Ellafi while Jalal Daoudi will face a late fitness test after picking up an injury in their recent league game.
Meanwhile, Zouhair El Moutaraji and Achraf Dari resumed training with the rest of the squad members and could be involved.
Africa will come to a standstill on Monday night when Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca square off in the CAF Champions League final.
The Egyptian and Moroccan giants meet at the Stade Muhammed V Stadium in Casablanca in a winner takes all, single-legged final!
The stage is set for the final of the CAF Champions League 2021-22 campaign, as reigning champions Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca lock horns at the Stade Mohammed V on Monday.
The venue for the title decider is essentially the home ground for Wydad, so they will have home advantage in this match.
Al Ahly have made it to the final for the fifth time in the last six seasons, while this is the first appearance in the final for Wydad since finishing as the runners-up in 2019.
The Egyptian side overcame ES Setif 6-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals and Wydad defeated Petro de Luanda 4-2 in the previous round of fixtures.
This will be the 11th meeting between the two sides in the continental competition. They have already met in the final of the competition, with that meeting coming in 2017 when Wydad secured a 2-1 win in a two-legged tie.
Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly have raised more concerns ahead of their Caf Champions League final against Wydad Casablanca on Monday.
After their initial protest on the choice of Mohamed V Stadium as the venue for the ultimate showdown, the Egyptian giants – and the reigning African champions – have this time around raised concerns around the ticketing process.
"Al Ahly sent a letter on Sunday to Caf regarding some issues related to the organizational process of the Caf Champions League final, scheduled for Monday night," the club announced.
Al Ahly's letter to Caf highlighted that Caf did not respond to our demands, particularly with regard to the distribution of the Caf Champions League final tickets.
"Caf announced that Al Ahly and Wydad AC will have 10,000 seats each, and 20,000 tickets are available to the general public.
"However, Al Ahly did not receive more than 2,500 tickets for the game. Also, the letter mentioned the issue regarding the online purchase of the game tickets, which is permitted only to Moroccan fans, besides other organizational matters."
As Al Ahly engage in off-the-pitch issues against the continental football governing body, Mosimane, in his pre-match address, stressed that their focus would only be on the game.sdsadsaww