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CAF CL: Zamalek and Raja battle for a place in the final.

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The second leg semi final between Zamalek and Raja Club Athletic will take place tomorrow at the Cairo international stadium at 7pm to determine the opponents of Al Ahly in the final. 

The clash which was programmed for October 24, was postponed due to the fact that some nine COVID-19 cases were discovered in the Raja squad thus, forcing the entire team to go on quarantine.

Another postponement was made by the Egyptian Authorities last week which caused CAF to reveal the new dates for the semifinal clash on Wednesday November 4 the final on November 27 respectively.

Raja will be travelling to Egypt with a one goal deficit as they were beaten 1-0 by Zamalek in the reversed fixture.

Match facts.

Zamalek. 

-Zamalek have been in 9 semifinals and have progressed in seven.

-Zamalek have managed to keep 5 clean sheets in their last 9 champions league games this Campaign.

-Zamalek have just two losses from their last 10 champions league games (W5 D3).

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Raja Club Athletic

-Raja have been in five semifinals and have managed to progress in four.

-Raja have only three defeats in their last 20 matches in the Champions League (W10 D7)

-Raja have won one and drew two of their last four games against Egyptian teams in the Champions League.  This include the 0-0 with Zamalek in 2005 and the 1-0 loss to the same opponent in the first leg of this season’s semifinals.

-Raja have kept 5 clean sheets out of their 9 matches in the Champions League this season.

It should be noted that Raja will be travelling to Egypt without goalkeeper,  Anas Zniti; defender,   Abdelilah Jbira and Midfielder,  Mohammed Douik plus Fitness trainer, doctor and physiotherapist will not be part of the team.

All Ahly have already booked their place in the final after a 5-1 aggregate win over Wydad in the other semifinal match.

The final have been programmed for November 27 at the Egyptian Army Stadium in Borg El-Arab, Alexandria at 7pm.

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🇨🇲CAFCL : PWD reinforces squad ahead of Chiefs showdown

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Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com


Five players have joined PWD’s training camp in Limbe, as the Abakwa Boys continue to fine tune preparations ahead of their CAF Champions league preliminary round game against Kaizer Chiefs.

Coach David Pagou and his boys arrived Limbe on Tuesday afternoon and had a training session in that same evening.

19 Players took part in PWD’s expedition in Tripoli last week during which they won one game and drew one, in their back to back games against Al Ahli Tripoli.

Coach Pagou has now called for reinforcement. Five players who were not part of the Libyan trip due to administrative reasons, have now joined the team in Limbe and took part in their first training session on Wednesday morning.

Fuh Klein and four others joined the squad on Wednesday morning.

Fuh Klein, Maël Dindjeke, John Paul Nzo Ngong, Moluh Mohammed and Goalkeeper Raul Eya’a have now joined the squad at the Njalla Quan Sports Academy , at the Man O war Bay in Limbe. Another player, Ze Abessolo Bertrand is expected in camp in the hours ahead.

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PWD will host Kaizer Chiefs at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium on Sunday, for the first leg, while the return leg will be played in South Africa on December 05, 2020.

Kaizer Chiefs is expected in Cameroon on Friday.

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Pagou wins tactical battle as PWD holds up Al Ahli

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Afeseh Apong,

Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com


Cameroon league one champions PWD Social football Club of Bamenda has played a zero all tie with Al Ahli Tripoli, in the return leg friendly, at the Tripoli International stadium on Saturday afternoon.

PWD defeated Al Ahli 2#1 in the first leg last Wednesday, and coming into Saturday’s game, coach David Pagou made a tactical shift, opting for a back four, instead of his usual back three formation.

Burinyuy Derrick was recalled into the starting XI after watching Wednesday’s game on the bench. Basile Yamkam was brought to his usual right back position, after operating at a wing forward during Wednesday’s game.

Coach Pagou choosed to sacrifice a Midfielder, Aboubakar Mohammed from his starting XI of last Wednesday, so as to accommodate four at the back. He equally preferred a more technical and pacey Enyegue François to start, while he prepared Mbah Louiz and Fegue Omgba to do the dirty job in the last quarter of the game.

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As home side Al Ahli executed a whopping seven substitutions in the game, coach David Pagou stayed calm, and only brought in Fegue Omgba and Mbah Louiz in the last quarter of the game to reinforce his Midfield, sacrificing a wing forward (Tchaoua Leger) and young Midfielder, Enyegue François.

Pagou’s game plan largely centered around staying solid at the back, two holding Midfielders, Ndeh Collins and Vincent Paul Ngondi to cut off the offensive from Al Ahli, while Nchindo John Bosco, Tchaoua Leger and Billy Samin, negotiated all the counter attacks.

PWD’s back four showed great Resilience and a good reading of the game. Nyaba Brian was at the top of his game, as he made a series of goal serving tackles. Burinyuy Derrick was unbeatable in one on one duels.

Leaving Tripoli with a win and a draw from two games, it will not be an overstatement to say that David Pagou has pulled another tactical masterpiece.

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Reacting to the game, coach Pagou said;

It was a CAF standard game, so we’re happy for the results. We thank Al Ahli and the Libyian football federation for this opportunity. We will go back to Yaoundé with good memories of Libya”.

The Abakwa Boys return to Cameroon on Sunday and will immediately go camping in Limbe, ahead of their CAF Champions league preliminary round fixture against Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa.

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Al Ahly T. 1-2 PWD: David Pagou Simply Did Pagou – Things Against Al Ahly

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Giovanni Wanneh,

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PWD’s thinker- man David Pagou led his boys to a narrow 1-2 victory over Al Ahly Tripoli on Wednesday November 18.

The gaffer took stern decisions, only a decided coach can make, beginning from his team selections. David Pagou, newly appointed assistant manager of the Intermediate Lions, left out captain Burinyuy Derrick. He equally played Nchindo John Bosco (creative midfielder), as an out-an-out center forward.

The gaffer then went for an uncharacteristic 3-3-3-1 formation, which crippled every ounce of the beautiful game Al Ahly Tripoli would have been hoping to showcase.

After the win, the former Cosmos and Renaissance coach told mysoccer24.com – ‘ it was a good game by the boys’.

Pagou continued: ‘after going one down, we equalised. We then did some changes at half time and increased our tempo.

‘Collins scored again like he did against Union. We are happy. We would continue preparations,’ an elated Pagou said.

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Talking about the secret to victory, the gaffer then concluded on his main ingredient.

‘We defended as a block. That’s the only way we could succeed. I am happy my players Incorporated the playing style quite well’.

Coach David Pagou was away from the team for a while due to national duties, and only came back a day before his team took off to Libya.

Pagou will be looking to win the reversed fixture against Al Ahly Tripoli on Saturday, before travelling back to Cameroon the following week, to face Kaizer Chiefs.

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