Egyptian Zamalek, the runner-up of the last version, is looking to revive its chances of staying in the CAF Champions League football competition, but it will play a fateful match against its host MC Algeria tomorrow, Saturday, which is sufficient for it to reach the quarter-finals in the fifth and penultimate round of the group stage (the price Final), while the defending champion Al-Ahly is looking to finalize its qualification after a stumbling start, when it is a heavy guest on Al-Merrikh, Sudan.An almost impossible task
Zamalek is fully aware that his mission is almost impossible, and that matters are not completely in his hands, as he needs to win his remaining two matches against Mouloudia on Saturday at the July 5 stadium in Algeria, then Senegalese Tongaith in Cairo in the last round, provided Mouloudia lose his next match as well. Against Tunisia’s Esperance, who decided its qualification since the previous stage. Zamalek ranks third in Group D with two points, while Esperance tops with 10 points, ahead of Mouloudia with eight points, and finally Tongith with one point. Mouloudia needs a tie point to dispel the fortunes of its difficult guest, and the team, led by coach Abdelkader El Amrani, has presented distinguished levels in its previous matches, preserving its record free of loss.
Qualify from mars
In the first group, Al-Ahly looks forward to continuing to strive for its tenth title in the historical competition, when it faces a difficult confrontation against its Sudanese host, Al-Merrikh, on Saturday in Khartoum. Al-Ahly ranks second in the group with seven points, behind Simba, the Tanzanian leader, with ten points, Vita Club, third with four points, while Al-Merrikh is in fourth place with one point. He stressed that the team’s shaky start and its delay in the standings before facing the Vita Club “I do not care much as much as the end should be better,” considering that the Champions League is like the marathon and must be won in the end and achieve the desired goal, and he saw that Mars is strong, especially in his land. Al-Merrikh hopes to achieve his first victory, especially given that the morale of his international players is high after leading the “Suqour al-Jiddian” team to the African Nations Cup finals after defeating South Africa 2-0 in the last round of the qualifiers, especially striker Saif El Din Bakhit, scoring one of the two goals. And in the second group, the Sudanese Al Hilal hopes to outdo itself when it hosts Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa, the 2016 champion, at the “Blue Gem” stadium in Omdurman today, Friday, at the opening of the round. Al-Hilal, led by its Portuguese coach Ricardo Formocinho, hopes to take advantage of the high morale of its international players after the achievement with the national team and lead them to the continental finals, especially goalkeeper Ali Bouachrine, striker Mohamed Abdel Rahman, Burkinabe defender Mohamed Ouattara, Zimbabwean midfielder Jesse Last Wuli El Din Saffour and striker Walid Bakhit.