Ahly will be eyeing a repeat of the 2006 and 2012 CAF Champions League finals when they eventually emerged winners following a 1-1 first-leg home draw as they visit Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the competition’s final on Saturday.
With Ahly and Wydad playing out a 1-1 draw at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium last week, the Cairo giants will be taking heart from three African occasions going into the final game at Casablanca’s Mohamed V Stadium.
The first was in 2006, when a final first-leg against Tunisia’s Sfaxien ended with a 1-1 draw at Cairo Stadium before a stunning Mohamed Abou-Treika left-footed volley in stoppage-time gifted Ahly the title in extraordinary fashion.
Record champions Ahly have eight Champions League titles in their trophy-laden cabinet, while Wydad won the competition only once in their history.
The winner qualifies for the Club World Cup, where Ahly had previously won a bronze medal in 2006. The competition takes place next month in the UAE.