Esperance forward Anice Badri speaks ahead of CL final
Tunisia’s Esperance Sportive de Tunis forward Anice Badri spoke about his team’s upcoming CAF Champions League final encounter against Egypt’s Al Ahly.
Esperance will clash with the Red Devils on November 3 for the first-leg game at Borg Al-Arab Stadium before heading to Tunisia for the second-leg at Stade Olympique de Rades, in Tunisia on November 10.
The two finalists met in the group phase as the two sides drew 0-0 on the first occasion and Al Ahly claimed a 1-0 victory in the fifth round of Group A.
Esperance will be also aiming to revenge their last CAF Champions League final appearance against the Reds in 2012, which Al Ahly 3-2 on aggregate.
“We know Al Ahly well,” Badri told FIFA.com. “The first leg in Egypt will be very tough. We’ll need to manage the situation well and then look to complete the job in Tunisia. They’re strong opponents and reached last year’s final, but we’re optimistic.”
As for playing the second leg at Esperance’s home ground, Badri said: “Playing at home and in front of our own fans will help us a lot, especially as we’ll know what we have to do to win the competition. It’s always better to play the return match at home.”
In addition to winning the title, the two sides are eyeing the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup, a competition the Tunisian international hopes to take part in representing his country and his continent.
“If we can qualify for the Club World Cup, we hope to come up against Real Madrid. Playing in the competition would be a great reward for us,” he concluded.
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