Cairo giant Al Ahly’s coaching team, led by South African head coach Pitso Mosimane, are studying more than one scenario regarding the team’s match against Esperance Tunisia.
The match is the first leg of the CAF Champions League semi-finals and is due to take place on Saturday at the Hammadi Al-Aqrabi Olympic Stadium in the Tunisian capital, Tunis.
Al Ahly arrived in Tunisia last Tuesday, led by club president Mahmoud Al-Khatib.
The coaching staff have prepared more than one scenario if it is confirmed that attacking midfielder Afsha will miss the game.
The first scenario will see the team formation go from 4/2/3/1 to 4/4/2, or it could see Al Ahly play three down center and build on the 4/3/3 formation.
Mosimane could consider having Junior Ajay play in place of Afsha, provided he plays the same role as a playmaker and retains the usual way of playing for Al Ahly. The South African coach could also play with two forwards, Mohamed Sharif and Salah Mohsen.
Al Ahly’s football director Sayed Abdel Hafeez had asked players to comply with all medical instructions and preventive measures, to fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Tunisian Esperance officials continued their efforts to increase the number of supporters attending the match. This came after Tunisian authorities agreed to allow 5,000 fans to attend the game to support the team in their next game against Al Ahly.
Tunisian reports said authorities initially refused to allow supporters to attend the match due to the COVID-19 pandemic.