AL-Ahly players after the match with Misr lel Makasa team on July 11,2021. Photo courtesy of AL-Ahly Facebook page
Ahly football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz announced on Thursday that his team is ready for the African Champions League final game against the Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa, confirming the game is expected to be difficult as there are no constants in these games.
The South African side reached their first ever Champions League final after beating Morocco’s Wydad 1-0 on aggregate in a two-legged semi-final, while Ahly booked their place after beating Tunisian giants Esperance 4-0 on aggregate.
“We are ready for the game, as all players are concentrating only on the game since arriving in Morocco to win the 10th Champions League title,” the director said.
“Ahly players are training well, and we are highly motivated to return to Cairo with the trophy to please our supporters,”
The Amakhosis will have a mountain to climb when they face defending champions and nine-time African champions Ahly in the final, which will be held in Morocco’s Stade Mohammed V on 17 July behind closed doors.
“We respect the Kaizer Chiefs, and we refuse any kind of minimising their effort,” Abdel-Hafiz said.
“The South African champions, Kaizer Chiefs, are a big team, as they reached the Champions League final after beating a big team like Morocco’s Wydad in the semifinals and they are motivated to win their first ever Champions League trophy,” he added.
“There are no constants in football, as names and history don’t make titles, so we have to play the game seriously to win the trophy,” Abdel-Hafiz concluded.
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