CAFCL Final: Al Ahly, ES Tunis Clash In Second Leg

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Egyptian giants Al Ahly will host ES Tunis of Tunisia in the CAF Champions League final second leg on Saturday, in what promises to be a highly entertaining encounter, at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt.

The clash in the first leg final of Africa’s premier club football competition ended in a 0-0 draw, at the Stade Olympique Hammadi Agrebi in Rades, Tunisia. Al Ahly will be eager for a home win to clinch its 12th title in the second leg, while ES Tunis would be aiming to win the competition for the first time since 2019.

The stakes are high as both teams vie for the title, with Al Ahly seeking to capitalise on its home advantage against the formidable ES Tunis side.

Following their 0-0 draw in the first leg, both Al Ahly and ES Tunis become the first teams in CAF Champions League history to keep nine consecutive clean sheets.

ES Tunis faced 88 shots in total since last conceding a goal (v Al-Hilal Omdurman in December) and Al Ahly faced 116 shots since last conceding (v Young Africans in December).

There were 20 shots (10 each) in the first leg between Al Ahly and ES Tunis, with just one attempt on target, the most shots in a CAF Champions League match with as few as one on target. The last time this occurred was at the quarter final in September 2018, between ES Sétif and Wydad Casablanca (26 attempts).

Action during CAF Champions League final first leg between Al Ahly and ES Tunis.

Al Ahly are unbeaten in its last 19 CAF Champions League matches (W12 D7), keeping 16 clean sheets and conceding just three goals.

ES Tunis are unbeaten in its last five CAF Champions League knockout round matches without conceding (W2 D3). They last kept six consecutive clean sheets in such matches in October 2012.

Al Ahly will be looking to make it 11 successes for Egyptian sides in the CAF Champions League final (more than twice as many as other nation).

ES Tunis last won the competition in 2019, when they beat Wydad AC to secure a second consecutive title. A win this year can secure Tunisia its fifth success in the competition, which will be the outright second-most.

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