Egypt's Al Ahly left Cairo for Tunis where they will face Tunisian Esperance in the 2012 Orange CAF Champions League final 2nd leg this Saturday. Cafonline.com caught up with some Ahly players and team coach to hear their thoughts ahead of the crucial encounter. The two sides drew 1-1 in the first leg played two weeks ago in Egypt.
Mohamed Youssef (Ahly assistant coach)
"We're ready and focused for this match. We will do our best and we just need luck to be on our side throughout the game. We're worried because of the heavy rains in Tunis but we'll take that into our consideration".
Houssam Ghaly ( captain)
"Saturday game is a historical one for this generation. This year's Africa Champions League title is the most precious for all of us because of the tough circumstances we faced this year. We'll do our best to win the title and dedicate it to the souls of our fans who lost their lives in February".
"I'm confident we can win the title in Tunis. There's nothing impossible in football and we're capable of winning our seventh Champions League trophy. We have forgotten about the first leg result and will treat Saturday's game as a decisive final game where the winner takes all".
Esperance is a very good team and has a good chance as will enjoy home advantage and full support of their fans. But Al Ahly also is a great team, one of the greatest on the continent and we're ready to win. I believe each team has a 50% chance and no one has the upper hand. Whoever plays better on the night will win the match and the valuable Africa Champions League trophy".
"The final is not over yet. The first half ended in 1-1 draw and the second half will be held on Saturday in Rades. Ahly is capable of winning the title in Tunis and go back to the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan. This is what we'll play for on Saturday".
Sherif Abdel Fadeel
"We're totally focused on this match and we want to win the trophy and dedicate it to our great fans. We were the better side in the first leg in Burg El Arab but we were unlucky to see the match end in a draw. It's very important to start the 2nd leg in a positive way to keep our chances alive".
Mohamed Nagy "Geddo"
"We're ready for the match and determined to give our best performance. Ahly board is standing behind us with all what they've got and this makes us mentally relieved. There's nothing called impossible in football, Egypt won the African Cup of Nations 3 successive times while they were not the favorites. We're determined to come back from Tunis with the Champions League trophy".
Waleed Suleiman )
"I've recovered from injury and ready to take part in this crucial game. Our aim is to give Ahly and Egyptians fans something to cheer about, especially after the tough circumstances we're facing thesedays. The CAF Champions League will be our gift for the souls of our fans who lost their lives in Port Said".
"This year's Champions League is the toughest tournament in Ahly history regarding the circumstances we faced, starting from the Port Said tragedy, then when we were held up in Mali add to all this not having domestic football season and its been a tough year. Our board asked us to win the title and we'll do all we can to achieve that goal. I'm confident we can win and hope luck be on our side this time after the 1st leg in Burg El Arab where we were really unlucky".
Ahmed Shedid Qenawy
"I hope to take part in this historic game but this remains the technical staff 's choice which I fully respect. Our first choice left back Sayed Moawad is a very important player and we will miss him, but whoever takes his role will do his best for the team. I hope to come back from Tunis holding the Champions League trophy ".