CAIRO – 25 October 2018: Former Al-Ahly’s star Emad Motaeb stressed on the need not to speak with optimism about facing Esperance Sportive in the African Champions League final.
Al-Ahly qualified to the CAF Champions League final for the second year in a row despite their 2-1 loss to ES Setif on Tuesday night in Algeria at the semi-finals' second leg.
“Please forget everything concerning Al-Ahly’s latest victories at Rades,” Motaeb said in a program at ON Sport channel.
“It is very difficult to face the same team twice in the same competition,” Motaem added.
Al-Ahly faced Esperance in the CAF Champions League’s group stages; they managed to defeat the Tunisians at Rades stadium 1-0.
Al-Ahly clinched two titles at Rades stadium; the first was against CS Sfaxien in 2005 thanks to Abou Treka’s amazing shot and the second was against Esperance Sportive in 2012 when the Red devils won 2-1.
Al-Ahly, who won a record of eight CAF Champions League titles, reached the final for the 12th time in their history.
Emad Motaeb played 14 years for Al Ahly first team – Al Ahly Official website
Motaeb, 35, spent his whole career in Egypt wearing Al-Ahly’s shirt, and he will experience wearing another shirt next season.
The Egyptian star started his career with football when he joined Al-Ahly at age 10, getting promoted through the club rankings until he joined the first team when he turned 19.
He represented Al-Ahly for more than a decade, and he participated in achieving eight Egyptian League titles, four CAF Champions League titles and the bronze medal at the FIFA Clubs World Cup in 2006 in Japan.
On the international level, Motaeb achieved three African Cup of Nations titles in a row in 2006, 2008 and 2010.