AFRICA will face Al Ahly of Egypt in the 2020-21 CAF Champions League final at Complexe Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca, Morocco on Saturday. The winner of the prestigious CAF Champions League Trophy will get the prize money of 2.5 million US dollars, while the runners-up will go home 1.25 million US dollars.
Saturday’s match will be the fourth CAF Champions League final between teams from South Africa and Egypt, with Al Ahly winning two for the Egyptians against Mamelodi Sundowns in 2001 and Orlando Pirates in 2013 while Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Zamalek in 2016. Al Ahly is the title holder and would be playing their record 14th Champions League final. They also hold the record of most titles won, having been crowned champions in 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2019-20. Al Ahly, are looking to win the CAF Champions League in consecutive seasons for the third time, after 2005/06 and 2012/13.
Since the competition was renamed in 1997 no other side has won back-to-back titles more than once, Enyimba 2003/04, TP Mazembe 2009/10, and ES Tunis 2018/19. Kaizer Chiefs are playing their first-ever CAF Champions League final and are the first team to reach the final in their debut season in the competition since AS Vita Club in 2014 runners-up. They could become the third team from South Africa to win the CAF Champions League/ African Cup of Champions Clubs, after Orlando Pirates in 1995 and Mamelodi Sundowns in 2016.
The final will be held at Complexe Mohamed V Stadium in Casablanca, Morocco. There would be five substitutions for each team, with nine players on the bench. The Champions will have a place in the 2021 CAF Super Cup where they will face the winners of the 2020/21 CAF Confederation Cup, Raja Casablanca. They will also represent Africa at the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup, scheduled for Japan in December. Saturday’s final is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm Nigerian time.
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