CAIRO: The Cairo-based football team Al-Ahly, with hopes to stretch their record and Egyptian football’s supremacy in Africa, will face Algeria’s Entente Setif Saturday at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida Algeria in the CAF Super Cup final.
“The Super Cup game is very important. Although it is held in the opponent’s arena, it’s a separate competition of a one leg match so we will deal with it in a serious way in order to maintain Al Ahly’s continental reputation,” Ahly’s Spanish coach Juan Garrido told Youm7.
The record holders, Ahly, hope to put their domestic woes behind them and bid for their 7th African Super Cup in order to overtake DR Congo’s TP Mazembe and Nigeria’s Enyimba, who achieved the title for six times.
Ahly is boosted by the return of his goalkeeper Ahmed Adel Abdel Moneim and left winger Hussein el-Sayed after recovering from injuries.
According to the FIFA regulations, winner of the African Champions League will host the winner of the African Confederation Cup for a one-off match that determines the winner of the CAF Super Cup.
The Red Devils won their first African Confederation Cup title last December with a 1-0 win over the Ivory Coast’s Sewe Sport in Cairo while Entente Setif won the African Champions League after beating DR Congo’s AS Vita Club in November.
Al Ahly are also the CAF Champions League record holders with eight trophies; the last was in 2013.
After winning this year’s Champions League, Entente Setif was voted CAF Club of the Year and Kheir el- Din Madoui, the team’s local coach, was also voted CAF’s Coach of the Year.