Al Ahly, Wydad Casablanca Clash For African Champions League Crown
Al Ahly will take on Wydad Casablanca in the 2021/22 CAF Champions League final in Casablanca, Morocco on Monday night.
Kick-off at Stade Mohamed V is scheduled for 19h00 GMT and will be broadcast live on SuperSport and other major television channels across the continent and beyond.
Having seen off ES Setif and Petro du Luanda in the semifinals respectively, Al Ahly and Wydad have the honour of competing for Africa’s top club prize and a place in the FIFA Club World Cup in China.
The Red Eagles will be determined to be the first team to win the title three times in a row and have unmatched eleven African Champions League titles.
Al Ahly, who have had mixed results in group stages of the competition, beat ES Setif 6-2 on aggregate to seal their place in an 14th final.
Pitso Mosimane’s side will have no fear of tackling Wydad whom they have beaten in their last two Champions League matches.
As for Wydad, they sealed a place in the final after trouncing Petro du Luanda of Angola 4-2 on aggregate in the last four.
Walid Regragui, the Wydad coach has conceded that Al Ahly are the favorites to win the title as they are more experienced in the tournament.
“RS Berkane put us under pressure by winning the CAF Confederation Cup. We now have to win the Champions League for a Moroccan Super Cup. Al Ahly are putting us under a lot of pressure,” said Regragui.
“Look at what they are doing on social media. Al Ahly are favourites to win the title. They are more experienced and they have history on their side. If we win, we will be very happy, especially as we didn’t make any transfers,” he said.
Wydad are bidding for their first Champions League final since 2017. It was the Red Eagles who they versed in the 2017 final and defeated 2-1 on aggregate.
South African referee Victor Gomes will officiate the match and will have his countryman Zakhele Siwela as the first assistant with Souro Phatsoane from Lesotho as the second assistant.