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Ahly's Nigerian winger Ajayi hopes to face Zamalek in CAF Champions League final

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 1 Jun 2020
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Ahly forward Junior Ajayi (Photo: Ahram)
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Ahly's Nigerian forward Junior Ajayi announced Monday that he hopes to face rivals Zamalek in the CAF Champions League final as the two sides had met before and know each other well.

All African sports activities have been suspended over the coronavirus crisis, including the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup, which were originally scheduled to be played on 1 May.

Egypt’s big names Ahly and Zamalek were set to play Champions League semi-finals against Moroccan sides Wydad de Casablanca and Raja de Casablanca respectively.

"If I had the decision, I would prefer to face Wydad de Casablanca in the Champions League semifinal, as we met them before and we know how they play," Ajayi told a television programme early on Monday.

"In the Champions League final, I prefer to face Zamalek for the same reason, a team we know well," the Nigerian star added.

"I think playing the Champions League final with one game, not home and away, is the best choice," Ajayi said.

Ajayi, who established himself as a key figure in Ahly’s squad, helped the Cairo giants to two league titles in 2017 and 2018, a Super Cup in 2018 and reaching the final of the African Champions League twice in 2017 and 2018.

Early last month, Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad said that he was contact with all African confederations amid the coronavirus crisis to determine the situation of the Champions League and Confederation Cup tournaments.

"We have to wait. As president of the CAF, I personally call on everyone to be very careful and wait for the situation to normalise," Ahmad told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

"At that time, we can eventually resume competitions. I do not want football to be a source of destabilisation of the measures taken by the various governments to face this pandemic," he said.

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