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Al Ahly faces ES Etoile in a decisive match

Sun, Jan. 26, 2020
A difficult match for the Al-Ahly Club on Sunday evening, at Al-Salam stadium, when they host the Tunisian side ES Etoile in the fifth round of the group stage match in the African CAF Champions League.

The match's difficulty is not for the opponent only but because of the several scenarios in the group between the three teams, Al Ahly, ES Etoile and Al Hilal of Sudan.

All the three teams have chances for qualifying for the CAF Champions League quarter-finals, but how they will qualify?

ES Etoile is leading the group with 9 points from 4 games "goal difference from Al-Hilal". Sudanese Al Hilal is second with 9 out of 5 games and Al-Ahly Club is in third place with 7 points from 4 games

Platinum Stars outside the calculations as they have one point in 5 games.

Al-Ahly has 4 solutions to break the bottleneck and qualify for the quarter-finals.

1- Beat ES Etoile and Al-Hilal to win 13 points in the lead
 
Al-Ahly's victory over ES Etoile in Cairo, and then their victory over the Sudanese Al-Hilal in Omdurman, guarantees their qualification.

2- Beat ES Etoile and draw with Al-Hilal to collect 11 points.
 
3- A draw with ES Etoile and beat Al Hilal to collect 11 points
 
4- Losing to ES Etoile and beating Al Hilal to collect 10 points

Several scenarios which may be witnessed by the end of this round. Al Ahly's line-up will be as follows:

GK: Mohamed El Shenawy
DEF: Ali Maaloul, Ramy Rabeaa, Mahmoud Metwalli, Mohamed Hany
MID: Amr El Soleya, Alieu Dieng, Mohamed Magdy Afsha, Junior Ajayi, Hussein El Shahat
ATT: Marwan Mohsen
 
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