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Thursday, September 28, 2023

2019-20 CAF Champions League Final Preview: Al Ahly (EGY) vs Zamalek (EGY)

Through many delays, the 2019-20 CAF Champions League will conclude with its final on Friday featuring Cairo’s eternal rivals, Al Ahly and Zamalek. Despite the many clashes between the clubs throughout their history, this match will hold special significance because it will be the first CAF Champions League final contested between the two. Due to the occasion, this matchup has been named the “Final of the Century”.

Both teams will be coming in with approximately equal preparation and fitness. Each currently have one or two players who will be absent due to positive Covid-19 tests, but the majority of starters are set to be available and rested. The Egyptian Cup quarter-finals took place last weekend, but both teams implemented many depth players to rest those who took part in Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying. With the situation looking favorable for a strong final, here is a closer look at each team:

Al Ahly

Will Junior Ajayi get his first CAF Champions League trophy on the third attempt?

Path to the Final

Group BGPWDLGFGAGDPointsQualification
É. du Sahel640283512Qualifies for Final Tournament
Al Ahly632174311Qualifies for Final Tournament
FC Platinum6015211-91
29 February 2020Al Ahly2-0Mamelodi Sundowns
7 March 2020Mamelodi Sundowns1-1Al Ahly
Aggregate ScoreAl Ahly3-1Mamelodi Sundowns
17 October 2020Wydad Casablanca0-2Al Ahly
23 October 2020Al Ahly3-1Wydad Casablanca
Aggregate ScoreAl Ahly5-1Wydad Casablanca

Expected formation and team profile