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Wydad’s Ounajem: We have to learn from Zamalek game


Wydad Casablanca winger Mohamed Ounajem has faith in his team’s abilities to beat Al Ahly in the final.

The Moroccan giants qualified to the third African final in their history after beating Algeria’s USM Alger 3-1, while eight-time African champions Al Ahly thrashed Etoile du Sahel in the semi-final.

Al Ahly will host Wydad in the first leg of the final at Alexandria’s Borg El-Arab Stadium on Saturday, while the second leg will be played a week later in Morocco.

The Moroccan winger admitted that the game against Al Ahly will be a difficult one, however, he was confident in his team’s capabilities, believing that Zamalek’s game last season taught his side an important lesson.

“The first leg against Al Ahly represents a big part of the final. We know that the second leg is going to be difficult even if the game is at home,” Ounajem said.

“However a negative result in the first leg won’t end our hopes. We have to remember our game against Zamalek last season when we lost the first leg 4-0 before winning in the second leg at home. This game has been like a lesson for us,” the 25-year-old added.

The White Knights defeated the Moroccan side in the first leg of last year’s semi-final 4-0 before suffering a shock 5-2 defeat to reach the 2016 African Champions League final with a 6-5 aggregate score.

“We’ll try and score in the first leg, but the decisive game will be in Morocco and we are confident we will beat Al Ahly and dedicate the African title to all Moroccan fans,” Ounajem concluded.

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