- Al Ahly players were caught on camera as they practiced taking penalty kicks ahead of their quarterfinal clash against Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League
- Sundowns beat Al Ahly 5-0 in the first leg so penalties are a highly unlikely outcome
- The match will be played at the imposing Borg El Arab Stadium even though CAF statutes were violated
Al Ahly players were seen practicing penalty kicks on Thursday ahead of their clash with Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.
Normally this wouldn’t be out of the ordinary in a knock out competition, but the chances of a penalty shootout are extremely slim.
Due to Sundowns’ 5-0 victory in the first leg, the Egyptian side will need to reverse that score line for the match to be decided by spot kicks.
One thing that will be in their favour is a partisan home crowd as the match will be played at the Borg El Arab Stadium.
The stadium has a capacity of 80 000 and 30 000 tickets have already been sold.
SowetanLIVE reported that many more wish to attend, but Egyptian authorities have curbed the maximum attendance ever since the supporters participated in the Arab Spring uprising a few years ago.
The original venue was Suez Stadium with a meagre capacity of 27 000 and the change should have been vetoed as it violated Caf statutes – the venue change was not requested more than 10 days in advance.
However, the match will proceed, but Sundowns will draw on happy memories at the same venue.
It was here where they emerged as Champions League victors in 2016 when they triumphed over Zamalek.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Al Ahly have been plagued by injuries to key players as well.
With the advantage of a huge margin, a venue filled with great memories and facing an injury-ravaged side, the odds are heavily stacked in the favour of the Brazilians.
Time will tell if Thursday’s penalty practice was in vain.
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