Al Ahly will face the Tanzanian champions on Friday night in the last game of the CAF Champions League group stage.
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.
Sherif believes that the victory will have a great impact on the Red Devils in their journey to defend their CAF Champions League title.
The Red Devils defender has been sidelined since the game against Bayern Munich in the FIFA Club World Cup due to a hamstring injury.
Al Ahly secured the three points thanks to two goals from Badr Benoun, who opened the score from the spot, and Salah Mohsen.
Whatever happens for Al Ahly in continental competitions, the team always bounces back in the domestic competitions.
Besides Maaloul and Soliman, who have been sidelined for a while, the Red Eagles will miss Salah Mohsen for injury and Akram Tawfik for technical reasons.
Reports said that the player had a conflict with the first team’s head coach Pitso Mosimane after the match against El Geish SC in the Egyptian league.
Al Ahly had a strong start to the group stage with a 3-0 win over Sudan’s Al Merrikh last Tuesday.
The Red Eagles aim to repeat their success of 2006 when they clinched the bronze medal after defeating CONCACAF champions, Club America of Mexico.
Mosimane will be present in the Club World Cup semis for the first time in his career.
The visitors were leading the game at the break thanks to two goals from Bassem Ali and Seifeddine Jaziri.
Al Ahly opened the score by Taher Mohamed Taher and Walid Soliman doubled the score for the Red Devils before half time.
Al Ahly entered the match without Afsha, El Souliya, Kahraba, Marwan, Hany, Rabia, and Akram Tawfik, after testing positive for COVID-19.
The team will miss their manager Pitso Mosimane as he tested positive for COVID-19 and he is self-isolated.
Al Ahly reached the Cup Final after defeating Al Ittihad of Alexandria on Tuesday 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Hamdy Fathy.
Mosimane was appointed as Al Ahly manager in October while the team was preparing for the CAF Champions League semis.
Mosimane believes that the team has to be focused and concentrated after reaching the CAF Champions League final.
Gamal spent one year in South Africa, playing for Bidvest Wits and he won the best player in the South African Cup.
Maaloul and Geraldo will join the team in Morocco.