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CAFCL Final Starting XIs: Pitso's Al Ahly vs Zamalek

Pitso Mosimane could lift his second CAF Champions League title in an all-Egyptian final against Al Ahly's bitter rivals Zamalek tonight. Here is how both teams line up!

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The two Cairo giants will battle it out in the all-Egyptian affair in what is the first-ever CAF Champions League final between two teams from the same country (kick-off: 21:00 SA time).

Egypt will provide the 15th winner of the tournament, with Al Ahly having lifted the trophy a record eight times, while Zamalek have won it five times.

Former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Mosimane will attempt to claim his second CAF Champions League title after winning the competition in 2016 with Masandawana by beating Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate.

"Jingles" is still unbeaten since replacing Rene Weiler at Al Ahly, winning six of his seven games while drawing the other, and with a goal difference of 14-2.

Scroll through the gallery below to see some images of Pitso and Al Ahly's final preparations for the game:

Zamalek, who came second behind the Club of the Century in the Egyptian Premier League last season, handed their bitter rivals their only defeat in the league in that campaign and are unbeaten in their past 15 CAF Champions League games played in Egypt.

Th White Knights, however, are winless in their past eight meetings with Al Ahly in the competition, losing five and drawing three.

Ahly, meanwhile, have not lost in any of their past nine matches in the Champions League, winning three and drawing six, while claiming a victory in all of their past 18 CAFCL matches played in Egypt.

Mosimane's side, though, did lose their previous two Champions League finals, against ES Tunis in 2018 and against Wydad Casablanca in 2017.

However, both of those finals came over two legs, while Friday night's fixture is the first that is being played as a single-game contest.

Both teams have also been rattled by COVID-19, with six players in total having tested positive for the coronavirus and were therefore ruled out for the match.

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Al Ahly lost two of their main stars, namely Walid Soliman and the in-form Aliou Dieng, as well as midfielder Saleh Gomaa, while Zamalek will enter the game without three key players in Abdallah Gomaa, Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh and Youssef Obama.

Here is how they line up:

Al Ahly: M. El Shenaway, M. Hany, A. Ashraf, Y. Ibrahim, A. Maaloul, H. Fathy, A. El Sulaya, Magdy Afsha, J. Ajayi, H. El Shahat, M. Mohsen

Zamalek: M. Abo Gabal, A. Eid, M. Abdelghani, M. Alaa, I. Gaber, T. Hamed, F. Sassi, Shikabala, A. Bencharki, Zizo, M. Mohamed

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