Former Egyptian striker, Ahmed Hossam Hussein, popularly known as Mido, claims Al Ahly will stroll to their 10th CAF Champions League trophy when they face Kaizer Chiefs on July 17.
Chiefs dismissed Wydad Casablanca after beating the Moroccans 1-0 away, before a 0-0 draw at home.
And while it is Chiefs first appearance in the final, Mido believes the South Africans will be at the mercy of the Cairo giants.
“Al Ahly produced a huge performance against Esperance and the victory must be credited to Mosimane first and then his players,” Mido said on the Al Nahar Channel as per IOL.
“The Kaizer Chiefs match will be the easiest final for Al Ahly in their history [in the competition]. History will also remember that Al Ahly defeated Esperance home and away in the African Champions League semi-final without considering any other circumstances.”
Al Ahly convincingly defeated arch-rivals Esperance 4-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals to reach the final and coach of the Egyptian side Pitso Mosimane is already talking about successfully retaining the Champions League crown.
“It is important that our team has made it to the final. We did our best to reach the final and of course, when you are in the final, you want to win the cup because you are already there,” Mosimane told the Al Ahly website.
“I do not have personal emotions on Kaizer Chiefs, no personal emotions and that is what I did also when I faced Sundowns. The match against Kaizer Chiefs is not about me and it is not about South Africa, It is about my team and the 90 minutes we have to win the title.”
Al Ahly holds an interesting record against South African opponents having prevailed on two previous occasions in the Champions League final.
In 2001, they held Mamelodi Sundowns 1-1 at Loftus Versfeld, before upstaging the Brazilians 3-0 at home in the second leg.
And twelve years later, they Al Ahly secured a 1-1 draw against Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg, before beating the Buccaneers 2-0 in Cairo.