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Jabrane – Ahly Captain Absence Won’t Change Anything

Wydad Atheltic Club captain Yahya Jabrane says the absence of Al Ahly goalkeeper and skipper Mohammed El Shenawy will not change their approach in their first CAF Champions League final this evening.

The reigning champions face off against the record ten-time winners of the competition in the opening leg at the Cairo International Stadium this evening.

Ahly will be without their inspirational captain El-Shennawy but have hinted he could be ready for the return leg in Casablanca next week.

“I hope that we will win this edition of the CAF Champions League. The players do not need [extra motivation], as they are well aware of the importance of this match,” Jabrane said in the pre-match press conference.

“Mohamed El-Shennawy not available for the match will not change our focus. We have a great desire [to face] Al-Ahly.

“Wydad and Al-Ahly are two great teams at the African level, regardless of their performances in the CAF Champions League this season.

“We will finally present at a high technical level [for the supporters].”

The game kicks off this evening at the iconic venue in the capital city of Egypt at 20h00.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.