Ahly coach Mosimane asks for fans attendance in Egypt encounter with Esperance

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 20 Jun 2021

Ahly snatched a first-leg advantage thanks to a second-half goal from striker Mohamed Sherif as they are preparing to host Esperance in the second leg in Cairo next Saturday

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File photo: Ahly's coach Pitso Mosimane greets the fans after the win in the FIFA Club World Cup 3rd place football match between Egypt's Al-Ahly vs Brazil's Palmeiras at the Education City Stadium in the Qatari city of Ar-Rayyan on February 11, 2021. AFP

Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane has expressed his desire of watching the team's supporters attending the African Champions League semifinal, 2nd leg game against Tunisian Esperance.

The Cairo giants snatched a first-leg advantage thanks to a second-half goal from striker Mohamed Sherif as they are preparing to host Esperance in the second leg in Cairo next Saturday.

"We will prepare well for the second leg game in Cairo… I hope Ahly's supporters can attend the game," Mosimane was quoted as saying on the club's official website.

"I am looking forward to seeing the fans in the stands," the South African coach added.

Ahly management announced Sunday that they asked to allow 20,000 supporters to attend the game against Esperance.

The 56-year-old, coach Mosimane, confirmed that the mission is not over as his team still have another match in Cairo and they need to finish despite the away 1-0 win in the first leg.

"The games' history between Ahly and Esperance shows that winning only 1-0 in the first leg means nothing as the qualified team to the final will be decided in the second leg," Mosimane said.

"We will continue respecting Esperance in the second leg game as they are a big team," he added.

Ahly are bidding for a second consecutive Champions League title and a record-extending 10th crown.

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