Al Ahly will attack Al Merrikh SC in Sudan with four players as Al Ahly’s head coach Pitso Mosimane will count on Sherif, Marwan, Ajayi, and Afsha.
Mohamed Magdy Afsha gave the visitors an early lead after one minute from the start as he fired a shot into the top corner from inside the box.
Al Ahly come second in the group with 3 points, the same points as AS Vita Club, while Tanzania’s Simba top the group with 6 points.
The visitors were leading the game at the break thanks to two goals from Bassem Ali and Seifeddine Jaziri.
Two late goals from Mahmoud Kahraba and Walid Soliman sent Al Ahly back to top of the table.
Al Ahly entered the match without Afsha, El Souliya, Kahraba, Marwan, Hany, Rabia, and Akram Tawfik, after testing positive for COVID-19.
Abdelhafiz added that the four players will follow the precautionary measures, set by the Egyptian Ministry of Health.
Al Ahly sent a strong message to all the teams that they are ready to defend their beloved title.
Mosimane was appointed as Al Ahly manager in October while the team was preparing for the CAF Champions League semis.
Afsha's goal secured Al Ahly's 9th title in the competition to extend their record as the team with most CAF Champions League titles.
Al Ahly will face Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca while Zamalek will face another powerhouse from Morocco, Raja Casablanca.