Al-Ahly is a guest on Cotton in Cameroon, and the youth of Belouizdad in Algeria will host the Zamalek team, and in the event that the Egyptian duo loses outside the home, they will be announced early from the competition that they won 15 times before, by 10 for the red and 5 for the white.
Al-Ahly club ranks third in Group Two, with 4 points, behind the runner-up Sudanese Al-Hilal, by 5 points, and 6 points away from the South African Sundowns. Al-Ahly has only one chance to continue in the championship, which lies in its victory over Al-Qattan in Cameroon and then Al-Hilal in Cairo, provided that the Sudanese team does not win at home when it faces the leaders on Saturday. Al-Ahly hopes to reach the tenth point, and that Al-Hilal of Sudan will score at most one point from Sundowns in Khartoum, then lose in Cairo with two clean goals to narrowly cross to the quarter-finals. Al-Ahly’s tie in cotton means that the maximum number of points it can reach is 8 points, which keeps it in third place even if it won the last confrontation in Cairo against Al-Hilal. Al-Ahly’s victory in the last two matches may not be enough, which makes his position complicated, as he awaits a positive result for Sundowns in Khartoum, by achieving a victory or a tie, to preserve Al-Ahmar’s chances of crossing into the knockout stage.
Two chances for Zamalek
Although Zamalek has 4 points like Al-Ahly after 4 matches, its chance is better than its local competitor, as Al-Abyad only needs to win the last two matches to ensure qualification for the quarter-finals without the need to follow the results of others. Zamalek occupies third place in Group D, with a difference of two points from Shabab Belouizdad II, and 5 points from leaders Esperance, while it is equal to Al-Merreikh, fourth-placed in the number of points, and surpasses it only by goal difference. Zamalek’s victory over Shabab Belouizdad gives him the seventh point to rise to the group’s runner-up before facing Al-Merrikh in Cairo in the last round to achieve victory to ensure qualification. As for a tie, Belouizdad is in a better position in the runner-up, two points ahead of Al-Abyad before the last round. Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira’s team does not want to repeat the scenario of the season before last, when it needed Tunisia’s Esperance to win its last match against Mouloudia of Algeria to qualify it with him to the quarter-finals, but the tie came to bid Al-Abyad bid farewell to the tournament early. In the event that Zamalek tied with Belouizdad, then beat Al-Merreikh in the last round, he would need Esperance to beat his Algerian counterpart in the last round to qualify with him.
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