With a place in this year’s club world cup and millions of dollars at stake, Al-Ahly and Orlando Pirates will do battle in order to determine who’ll be this year’s CAF champions league winners.
After an entertaining first leg final in South Africa were Al-Ahly got a 1-1 draw, the Egyptians know that a scoreless draw or an outright win will get them their eight champions league title and further cement their status as Africa’s greatest team so far. For Pirates, victory will see them lift their second title, joining the likes of Enyimba International who have two. The South Africans first title came in 1995.
Despite Al-Ahly having suffered a defeat at home to Orlando Pirates in the group stages, Al-Ahly will still be favourites. Veteran Muhammed Aboutrika will retire at the end of the season and despite him having won the title four times, this will present the perfect platform for him to bow out.
The character Orlando Pirates have displayed in the Champions League shown again in the last couple of minutes against Ahly in the first leg as they got an equaliser. Under the tutelage of Roger De Sa, Pirates have shown their tenacity and grit, putting in big performances when they were most needed. They will be hoping for improved fortunes in front of goal as they dominated play in the first leg but couldn’t score until stoppage time. However, they can draw some inspiration from their Semi Final triumph over the more fancied Esperance. Andile Jali and Oupa Manyisa will need to be at their best and Lennox Bacela who’s expected to bang in the goals isn’t left out as well.
This one could go either way but Pirates are suprisingly tipped for an excellence performance to claim their second title. However, whoever gets to win this years champions league would be deserved winners.