Pitso Mosimane and his Al Ahly troops are eager to put the final nail in the coffin when they take on Esperance de Tunis for the second-leg match at Cairo’s Al Salam Stadium on Saturday night (21:00).
The Egyptian giants have an important 1-0 advantage from the first leg in Rades, Tunisia, last weekend, with Mohamed Sherif’s goal placing them in control of the tie.
Mosimane’s men need only to avoid defeat to ensure they progress into a second successive Champions League final. It is worth noting that no team has lost a knockout game after winning the first leg away from home since way back in 1995.
“Our players were able to deal well with the [first leg match]. They gave everything they had and therefore we were able to achieve a positive result,” said Mosimane.
“However, I made sure to tell the players that we have not qualified yet to the final. Al Ahly and Esperance have a long history of games which proves that winning the first leg doesn’t mean that you’ll qualify to the final.
“We still have a game to play in Cairo and that is what captain Mahmoud El Khatib, Al Ahly’s president, said to the players after the game. Moreover, we respect Esperance and their head coach, as they are a big team in Africa.”
The aggregate winners will go through to the final to face either Kaizer Chiefs or Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the final on 17 July.
Chiefs hold a 1-0 advantage ahead of hosting the return game earlier on Saturday evening at FNB Stadium.
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By FARPost Reporter