The 2019/20 Total CAF Champions League is going to be a one of a kind as two of Africa’s top clubs go head-to-head in Cairo tonight (21:00).
It has been years since the two clubs went to the final and conquered Africa. It is unfortunate that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the final at the Cairo International Stadium will be played behind closed doors.
The most successful team in the history of the competition Al Ahly (8 titles) will be looking to get back to the top of the food chain with a win against rivals Zamalek on the 27th of November, FARPost looks at the club’s road to the 2019/20 Total CAF Champions League final.
Al Ahly was drawn in Group B with Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia, Al Hilal of Sudan and FC Platinum of Zimbabwe.
The North African side was expected to top the group, but they only managed to finish in second spot with 11 points from 6 games. They won 3 games, drew 2 games and lost just one game to finish second in the group behind Etoile du Sahel who finished with 12 points to take top spot in the group.
In the quarter-final, rivalries were renewed as 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns were pitted against Al Ahly whom they humiliated in the previous season with a 5-0 thrashing, so the North Africans were thirsty for blood and looking to inflict pain on the South Africans to avenge that humiliation.
In a very cagey quarter-final Al Ahly managed to get a 3-1 aggregate win over the former champs. Co-incidentally the man at the helm of the ‘Club of the Century’ Pitso Mosimane was the coach of Sundowns at the time and now he seeks to make history by winning his second CAF Champions League trophy. The coach previously won it with Sundowns back in 2016.
After getting their revenge against the ‘Brazilians’, the Egyptians marched on to face their historic continental rivals Wydad Casablanca in the semi-final and easily dismantled them 5-1 on aggregate. Al Ahly won 2-0 in the first leg followed by a decisive 3-1 victory in the second leg of the competition. The win meant that Egypt had two clubs in the 2019/20 Total CAF Champions League final as Zamalek had also booked their spot in the final with a 4-1 demolition of Raja Casablanca.
Tonight, the bragging rights will be up for grabs and at the end of the night there will be one giant standing and the other will be on the floor with the whole continent watching.
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By Prince Sobayeni