The four clubs made full use of the ground and the public, going on to beat Zamalek 3-1, Al-Ahly over the Sundowns, and please Al-Mazembe and Al-Wedad over the coastal star with a score of 2-0.
The second leg of the quarter-final will open on Friday with the upcoming summit between Esperance and Zamalek, which is the third between the two teams in three weeks after the first on February 14 in the African Super Cup in Doha, and the second last Friday in the go-to of the continental competition and both of them won Zamalek with a score of 3-1.
Esperance, who aspires to be the first team to crown the continental title three times in a row, hopes to make the best use of the land and public factors as he has done in the past two seasons, to remedy his loss from going 1-3 in Cairo, but his mission will not be easy due to the many absences in his ranks The result of the harsh penalties imposed by the Continental Federation (K) against the backdrop of the events of the first leg.
The disciplinary committee arrested CAF coach Moein Al-Sha’bani and his assistant, Majdi Tarawi, 4 games with a fine of the first value of 20 thousand dollars because of “his aggressive behavior and the use of insulting words for the match’s rulers,” and the second 50 thousand dollars because of his “aggressive behavior towards the referees and the use of aggressive words and threats,” and team leader Khalil Melons are six games and a fine of 40 thousand dollars due to insulting words and spitting on the match referee, and Algerian Abdel Raouf bin Ghaith for four games with a fine of 20 thousand dollars for “using aggressive words against the referees.”
The match witnessed many protests for Esperance players against Moroccan referee Radouane Gayed, especially after Zamalek scored the second goal through Moroccan striker Ashraf Bennechri in the 71st minute, especially Shams El-Din Al-Thawadi, who tightened the referee from his shirt and Ihab Al-Mubaraki, who pushed him, and after these protests expelled Mohammed Ali bin Ramadan (73).
Algerian Elias Chti is also absent due to the injury, while the team is recovering the services of its attacker Taha Yassine El-Khenissi after an absence due to the injury.
In return, Zamalek, seeking to crown the continental title that has been absent from its vaults since 2002 when it was won for the fifth time in its history, will try to confirm its superiority over Esperance, and return with a qualification card from the heart of Rades.
Doubts over the participation of Moroccan Mohamed Onajem due to injury.
Team star Mahmoud Abdel Razek, “Shikabala”, said that “the team is ready to face Esperance for the third time in two weeks.” He added: “The return match will be very difficult, but the ambition of crowning the title makes us ahead, we as players and a technical staff in our full focus on the stadium. We do not care about what is said outside it. ”
Al-Ahly, who aspires to his ninth title, is afraid of a repeat of the “Pretoria disaster” when he defeats the 2016 Champions Sundance.
The “Al-Asfar” team won the same round last season with five clean goals, and this raises fear among the Egyptian team, which attended its entire ranks to Pretoria, after preparing the Tunisian Ali Maaloul, who won the double to go back, after a slight injury.
“Mamelodi is one of the best teams on the continent after the return he provided on the continental level, which was reflected in his results with the major teams,” Syed Abdul Hafeez, Director of Football, Al-Ahly Club, said in statements after the mission’s arrival in Pretoria.
Sundowns coach Pitso Musimani hopes to shake his players’ Al-Ahly window, but he questioned the ability of the “red” team to reach the goal of his team.
“I will lose my job if I say we cannot score two goals against Al-Ahly, and I want to keep them,” he told the local newspaper “The Independent”, expressing his hope that his players, especially those returning from injury, will be at the top of their readiness, led by Uruguayan Gaston Sereno.
Wydad Casablanca, runners-up to last season’s champion, returns to Rades Stadium to meet the coastal star, who is two-way ahead.
The Moroccan team made a strong showing at its stadium, led by its new Spanish coach, Juan Carlos Garrido, who will also return to Tunisia, about a month after he was fired from training the coastal star in particular.
Garrido knows all about the opponent, who is armed with ground workers and the public and the enthusiasm of his new coach, Qais Al-Zwaghi, to turn the tables.
Garrido regained the efforts of his players Abd Al-Latif Naseer and Salah Al-Din Al-Saeedi after a long absence due to injury, to join the group of distinguished players in the team, led by Commander Ibrahim Al-Naqash and Democratic Congolese striker Kazadi Kasongo and Mohammed Al-Nahiri, who scored the goals of Al-Go, Walid Al-Karni and Badi Awak.
For his part, the star regained the services of the defender Ammar El Gamal after recovering from a back injury, to form a strong pillar in the back line, while the team counted on the Algerian Karim El Oreibi and the international Yassine Chikhaoui and Wajdi as a newspaper to restore consideration.
Al-Zawaghi said in radio statements: “There are mistakes occurring in football. We will try to put Wydad under pressure in the return so that he gets mistaken as we did,” adding: “Rimontada? We did it before and the ball needs ambition and not only throwing weapons after the final whistle.”
Raja Casablanca hopes to maintain its superiority over its host Mazembe when they meet in Lubumbashi, but he knows exactly how difficult it is to play in his stadium covered with artificial turf.
Raja coach Jamal Al Salami hopes that his players, especially the defenders of them, will be fully prepared, as the team announced that the duo Abdul Rahim Al Shakir and Omar Boutayeb will be able to participate in the meeting after they felt pain after the first leg.
Congolese striker Ben Malango, who will face his former team at home after opening the goal in the first leg, said: “I do not regret leaving Mazembe. I am currently a player in the ranks of Raja and I am interested in defending him, and no longer links me with Mazembe because the latter has become from the past and this is a year Football, nobody lasts forever. ”
He added: “My contract with Mazembe has expired and I had to sign for another team, so I chose please with conviction.”
In a promotional video, Mazembe boss Mwes Katumbi vowed to please hell in Lubumbashi, break Morocco’s thorn, and qualify for the semi-finals.
He said: “It is not impossible with Mazembe. The semi-finals are our goal.”