While the Euro is in full swing and most African internationals have been on vacation for a few days after their series of friendlies, the semi-finals of the African Champions League are on the program this Saturday with two shocks to follow: Espérance Tunis-Al Ahly and Wydad Casablanca-Kaizer Chiefs. While the closed door was de rigueur in recent months due to the Covid-19, these two posters will be held in the presence of 5,000 spectators , announced the African Football Confederation (CAF) on Friday.
Far from leaving favorite and qualified in extremis after his comeback against CR Bélouizdad in the quarterfinals (0-2, 2-0, 3-2 tab), Esperance will have to play the shot thoroughly at home against Al Ahly, holding the title and who sent a strong message by ejecting Mamelodi Sundowns (2-0, 1-1), until then very efficient, in the previous round. The Egyptians then went on to win the CAF Supercopa against the Moroccans of RS Berkane (2-0) at the end of May. Note that this great classic of African football had not taken place since 2018 and the coronation of EST in the final against the club Cairo (1-3, 3-0). The time will therefore be for revenge for the Red Devils.
WAC-Kaizer Chiefs, how we meet!
The other half pits the WAC, model of consistency and present in the last four of 5 of the last 6 editions, and the Kaizer Chiefs, who act as surprise guests. In the previous round, the WAC qualified without really shaking against MC Alger (1-1, 1-0), while the Amakhosi were scared after their 4-0 card of the first leg by dropping 3-0 in Tanzania against Simba. The two teams know each other very well having faced each other in the group stage this season with a 4-0 home victory for the Moroccans in the first leg (the match had been relocated to Burkina Faso) and a 1-0 defeat. in South Africa on the return with, however, a strongly revised eleven.
At home, men Faouzi Benzarti will need to take an option on the qualification against an opponent out of a disappointing season in the league (8 th place) and who recently recalled Stuart Baxter on his bench. While the South African championship is stopped, WAC faced Renaissance Zemamra (0-0) Wednesday in the match advanced the 22 th day of Botola and Benzarti complained of rates imposed on his team. A clash of opposites in perspective!
The program of the semi-finals to go – Saturday June 19 (times in universal time; for France, add 2 hours)
4 p.m., Esperance Tunis-Al Ahly, in Radès
7 p.m., Wydad Casablanca-Kaizer Chiefs, in Casablanca