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CAF Champions League

  • October 21, 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Cairo International Stadium, al-Qāhirah (Cairo)
  • Referee: N. Alioum
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Al Ahly win Aggregate 4 - 3

Al-Ahly - Sunshine Stars Preview: Titanic battle in Cairo for Caf Champions League final ticket

Al-Ahly - Sunshine Stars Preview: Titanic battle in Cairo for Caf Champions League final ticket

Lolade Adewuyi (Goal.com)

The Akure Gunners will have to pull all the strings to be able to qualify for the final at the expense of their illustrious Egyptian opponents in front of an empty stadium

Sunshine Stars will have to dig deep and pull all strings together to beat Al-Ahly qualify for the finals of the Caf Champions League.

The first leg ended 3-3 and it looks an uphill task fo the Akure side to defeat Ahly in Cairo in the second leg on Sunday.

Not many people will give Sunshine Stars a chance to qualify, but players of the Nigeria Premier League side are confident that they can do the unthinkable by qualifying to play in the finals of the competition against either TP Mazembe or Esperance.

In the first leg, Ahly started very well by scoring two quick goals. Sunshine Stars rallied round to draw the game at 3-3. The high scoreline nothwithstading, Sunshine Stars are sure that they can rely on their good away form to silence the Egyptians.

Captain Godfrey Oboabuna, who missed the first leg because of a card suspension, is sure they can get the job done on Sunday.

"Nothing is impossible in football. I am sure that we are capable of winning and playing in the finals of the competition. We have done so well at away matches and the trend will continue in the tough game against Al Ahly. It won't be easy but we are equal to the task," Oboabona said.

Soga Sambo is another player that is optimistic they will do well against Ahly: "Two factors will give us the advantage over the Egyptian side. Sunshine Stars play better at away matches. We are more relaxed playing away from home. And the match will be played behind closed doors. So their vociferious supporters will not be there to cheer Ahly players. That will give us some motivation going into the match.

"I am optimistic that we have the capabilities to qualify. Don't forget that we did not really prepare for the first leg as we were hampered by the strike. We are fine now and everything is working well for us. We just need the prayers of Nigerians and we will get the job done," the former youth international said.

Although they are playing the match without their supporters, coach Hossan Al Badri has said that Sunshine Stars should forget about the second leg.

"We are going to beat Sunshine Stars. They will have no chance against because all our players like Mohammed Aboutrika will be around for the game," Badri said after the first leg game.

Players to watch

Mohamed Abo Trika

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The veteran Egyptian midfielder is back in the squad after missing the first leg in Ijebu Ode and should be the rallying point for the hosts in Sunday's game. Expect him to roll back the years with a sublime performance.

M. Tamen

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The Cameroonian midfielder has been putting in great performances for his side consistently and if fit would be key to the visitors' charge in Cairo.

Editor's Prediction

A close game no doubt and with the visitors' record on the road, nothing more than a draw should be expected of them. A thrilling encounter no doubt awaits.

Last Five Matches

Al Ahly

  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • Tala'ea El Gaish GEI
    1 - 3
    Al Ahly SC AHL
  • Al Ahly SC AHL
    1 - 1
    Petrojet PET
  • Al Masry Club MAS
    1 - 1
    Al Ahly SC AHL
  • El Gounah GOU
    0 - 2
    Al Ahly SC AHL
  • Al Ahly SC AHL
    1 - 0
    Misr Lel Makasa MAK

Sunshine Stars

  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • El Kanemi Warriors WAR
    3 - 0
    Sunshine Stars FC SUN
  • Sunshine Stars FC SUN
    4 - 0
    Kaduna United FC KAD
  • Nasarawa United FC NAS
    2 - 1
    Sunshine Stars FC SUN
  • Sunshine Stars FC SUN
    2 - 0
    Gombe United FC GOM
  • Sharks FC SHA
    4 - 1
    Sunshine Stars FC SUN

Head To Head

Al Ahly

Sunshine Stars

Wins
1
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Al Ahly SC AHL
Al Ahly SC Al Ahly
Draw
Sunshine Stars FC SUN
Sunshine Stars FC Sunshine Stars
28%
65%

Top 3 Predictions

Al Ahly SC AHL
0 - 2
Sunshine Stars FC SUN
Al Ahly SC AHL
1 - 2
Sunshine Stars FC SUN
Al Ahly SC AHL
0 - 3
Sunshine Stars FC SUN

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