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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Ligue des champions CAF : à Johannesburg, le WAC «à la vie à la mort»

Wydad AC fans and Moroccan media seem to be in agreement that the team’s first leg defeat at home against Kaizer Chiefs in their CAF Champions League first leg semifinal matchup was an anomaly and that The Reds will be able to overturn the deficit in Johannesburg with a lineup that is more attack-minded. With the competition’s final match set to be played at WAC’s home stadium, the Stade Mohammed V, the pressure is as high as ever on the team to perform and show their class against the South African side. In its preview, Barlamane highlights that the team’s decision to rest all its starters in their league victory against RS Berkane in the midweek match indicates that Wydad will come out with a lineup that has an extra emphasis on attacking.

Le Matin outlines three reasons why Wydad will overtake Chiefs on Saturday, chief among their reasoning being that Wydad has much more experience in the latter stages of the CAFCL. Kaizer Chiefs’ massive struggles in the DStv Premiership this season compared to Wydad’s current status as league leaders in the Botola Pro is also another factor that runs in the Moroccan side’s favor. In its preview, Le 360° Sport writes that WAC will be looking to make their imprint early on with a goal to make a statement and build from there.