Ahly coach Marcel Koller relies on fans during Al-Hilal clash in CAF Champions League. Photo: Ahly s official website
The Cairo giants stated that up to 50,000 of their supporters would be allowed to attend the anticipated game against Al-Hilal at the Cairo International Stadium.
Koller said during the pre-game press conference that "the big number of fans attendance will be a positive support for the players to achieve their target as well as securing the qualifying card."
"It’s my first game to appear before such a huge number of fans with Ahly as football is played for them, and I am confident of the support for the team," he added.
Ahly will host Al-Hilal at the Cairo stadium on Saturday, and the Egyptian side must win the game to seal passage to the competition’s quarter-finals alongside already qualified Sundowns of South Africa, who have 11 points.
"The team prepared well for the game, and the international players joined the training, and they are ready for the game," Koller said.
He also emphasised the importance of patience and not hurrying to score a goal, saying "we know the importance of the game and what we have to do, but we have to be patient."
Ahly are currently third in Group B with seven points, three points behind second-placed Al-Hilal.
The reverse game saw Ahly lose to the Sudanese side 1-0 in Omdurman, and the Red Devils should win with a better difference to advance to the next round due to their better head-to-head record.
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