Egyptian giants Al Ahly, who host Cameroon’s Coton Sport in the first leg of the CAF Champions League final early next month, have admitted that they have often struggled at home because of the high expectations of their passionate fans
The Egyptian Red Devils are on the threshold of history as they are only two games away from winning an all-time record six African club championships, one better than local rivals Zamalek.
However, Portuguese coach Manuel Jose has revealed it has not been easy going for his team in front of their own fans.
“When we play at home, we are always under pressure from the fans. But away from home, when we are under no pressure, we perform well. We put on a good display against Enyimba in Aba despite playing on a terrible pitch,” said the coach.
“In the second leg in Cairo, the players were nervous, allowing Enyimba to look good.”
Ahly pipped the Nigerian club 1-0 after a goalless draw away in Aba to reach their fourth consecutive Cup final.
Against Coton Sport, who are appearing for the first time in the final of the Champions League, Jose said he hopes they can overcome such home pressure.
“We will do our best to win the first leg in Cairo to make our task of overcoming Coton Sport much easier,” he said.