ES Setif vs Al Ahly: Confirmation or Comeback

Yasser Ibrahim of Al Ahly tackles Ahmed Kendouci of ES Setif during the CAF Champions League 202122 Semifinal 1st Leg match between Al Ahly and ES Setif held at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo, Egypt on 7 May 2022

Defending champions Al Ahly have one foot in the final courtesy of their four-star performance (4-0 first leg win), anchored by South African star Percy Tau.

Tau put up a man of the match performance with two goals and two assists and will look for a similar show when the side plays in Algiers.

Legendary South African coach Pitso Mosimane is seeking his third consecutive Champions League trophy with Ahly and fourth as a coach and victory in Algeria will be another step in the right direction.

Al Ahly vs Setif

Setif, winners of the Champions League in 1988 and 2014 will need a massive performance at home to overturn a four-goal deficit and progress to the final. They will need to win the game by a margin of more than five goals to ensure a place in the finale.

In the Champions League at home, Setif have won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five matches.

The last meeting between these two sides in Algeria was in 2018 where Setif won 2-1. Ahead of Saturday’s duel, they will need to summon these spirits and more, to overturn the massive deficit against the Red Devils.

Ahly have a chequered away record in the Champions League, having won only one of their last four games on the road. But, with a four goal cushion, they are more than confident that they will punch a ticket to the final.