Al Ahly Vs Wydad Athletic: Key Points to Note
Nadi Al Ahly will lock horns with Wydad Athletic Club in the Total Energies CAF Champions League Final on May 30, 2022 at Casablanca’s Mohammed V Stadium.
Its a repeat of the 2017 Final where the Moroccans won 2-1 on aggregate.
Some teams have also faced each other in the Final on two occasions.
Asante Kotoko clashed twice with TP Mazembe in 1967 and 1970.
They also faced Al Ahly in 1982 and 1983.
Al Ahly collided with Etoile Sportive du Sahel in 2005 and 2007.
Esperance played Wydad in 2011 and 2019.
Victor Miguel de Freitas Gomes of South Africa will handle the hugely anticipated encounter.
He directed affairs from the middle in the 2020 CAF Super Cup, 2021 CAF Confederation Cup and the 2021 Nations Cup Finals.
The Cairo-based club are eyeing an eleventh title after triumphs in 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2020 and 2021.
Wydad Athletic Club birthed on May 8, 1937 are equally seeking to win Africa’s premier club competition for the third time after previous victories in 1992 and 2017.
The venue Mohammed V Stadium staged the 1988 Nations Cup Final, 1997, 1999, 2017 CAF Super Cup and the 2021 CAF Champions League Final.
Victory for Ahly will also make them the first team to win the CAF Champions League three times on the trot.
Their manager Pitso John Hamilton Mugabe Mosimane alias Jingles is targeting a fourth triumph to match Manuel Jose Jesus Silva’s record.
The Portuguese led Al Ahly to the crown in 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2008.
The South African is the third manager after Mahmoud Nasir Yusuf El Gohari and Luis Oscar Fullone Arce to win the tournament with two teams.
Ibrahim Sunday and Hossam Mohamed El Badry are the two individuals to win the competition both as players and coaches.
Wael Gomaa Kamel El Hooty and Hossam Mohamed Ashour Sanad Attia have both won the title on six occasions with Nadi Al Ahly.
Joe Okyere alias Kwata has lost the Final on three occasions with Kotoko in 1993, Zamalek a year later and Ashantigold in 1997.
Emmanuel Kwesi Quarshie of blessed memory annexed the crown with Zamalek in 1984.
Felix Aboagye followed suit with the same team in 2002, Joetex Kwabena Asamoah Frimpong was a two-time winner with Enyimba in 2003 and 2004. Akwetey Mensah played his part as Al Ahly romped to victory in 2005 and 2006.
Sadat Bukari and Moussa Narry played an integral role in Etoile Sportive du Sahel’s 2007 triumph.
Diminutive defender Harrison Afful clinched the title with Esperance in 2011.
The quintet of Yaw Frimpong, Richard Kissi Boateng, Gladson Awako, Solomon Asante Wiafe and Daniel Nii Adjei featured in TP Mazembe’s 2015 conquest.
Eight players have tasted success in the Final with two teams they are Nader El Sayed, Mohamed Sedik, Gamal Abdelhamid, Hossam Hassan, Ibrahim Hassan, Ayman Kusnowy, Muri Ogunbiyi and Mejdi Traoui.
Ekramy Ahmed El Shahat nicknamed African Monster won the crown with Nadi Al Ahly.
His son Sherif Ekramy also triumphed with the same side.
Al Ahly and TP Mazembe are the only teams to appear in four consecutive Finals.
TP Mazembe achieved theirs in 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970.
Al Ahly followed suit in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Hearts of Oak (2000) Nadi Al Ahly (2006) and Esperance (2011) are the only teams to lift the Treble since the competition was renamed CAF Champions League in 1997.
Four teams have also won the competition in two successive seasons they are Enyimba 2003 & 2004 Al Ahly 2005 & 2006, 2012 & 2013 Esperance 2018 & 2019.
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