Egypt’s Pyramids FC face an easy test to proceed to the African Confederation Cup when they host Libyan side Ittihad Tripoli on Tuesday in the return match of the competition's round of 32.
Last season's finalists Pyramids FC kicked off their Confederation Cup campaign with a 1-0 away win over Ittihad Tripoli on 22 December in the first leg, thanks to a 56th-minute winner from Ghanaian striker John Antwi.
The first leg match was held in Alexandria due to security concerns in Libya.
Theoretically, the big-spending side Pyramids will have the upper hand on Tuesday because of the first-leg advantage and the morale boost from the recent double victories over Ceramica Cleopatra and El-Entag El-Harby in the domestic league.
Pyramids, who are targeting their first continental title, reached the final in the previous edition but lost to Moroccan side RS Berkane 1-0.
On the other side, Ittihad Tripoli will be seeking revenge despite acknowledging that their mission will not be an easy one.
“The match will be difficult, but beating Pyramids isn’t impossible,” Ittihad Tripoli president Gamal El-Gaafary said on Monday.
“We will deploy a special strategy in the return match, especially as our opponent has a lot of experienced players.
“We will try to do a surprise by knocking Pyramids out of the tournament. We aim to improve our image in the return match,” he concluded.
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