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El Shenawy Expects Tough Test

Al Ahly captain Mohamed El Shenawy believes that the CAF Champions League clash against Kaizer Chiefs won’t be easy.

The Red Eagles, who are favorites to retain their African Champions League crown and extend their record to ten triumphs in Africa’s elite club competition, will face the Amakhosi in Casablanca on Saturday.

Speaking during the pre-match interview, El Shenawy said that he and his team mates are wary of the threat posed by Kaizer Chiefs but believes that their experience will help them over the line.

“It is going to be a very tough game. We would have liked to have our supporters behind us,” said the Red Devils skipper.

“[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Kaizer Chiefs is a good and organized team. We are ready to face them and hope to have a good game.[/perfectpullquote]

“All Ahly players just think of winning. We follow each other in that legacy and we always play each game and every competition to win. In the FIFA Club World Cup last February, we told ourselves we want to be back here again.

“This final is very important and we have the ambition to win it once again. We want to make our supporters happy as we always do,” concluded El Shenawy.

The Red Eagles have won nine of their previous 13 CAF Champions League finals. Their four defeats came against Asante Kotoko (Ghana, 1983), Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia, 2007), Wydad Casablanca (Morocco, 2017) and Esperance de Tunis (Tunisia, 2018).

Al Ahly have twice beaten South African clubs in the CAF Champions League final: Mamelodi Sundowns 4-1 on aggregate in 2001 and Orlando Pirates 3-1 on aggregate in 2013.

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