Monastir: We would have liked to stay away from Al-Ahly in the Champions League

Tariq Al-Sayadi, the official spokesman for the Tunisian club Al-Ittihad of Monastir, stressed the difficulty of the possible confrontation with Al-Ahly in the African Champions League, which resulted in the preliminary round draw.

Monastir is scheduled to meet with the Rwandan National Army in the 64th round of the African Champions League, and if it wins, it will face Al-Ahly in the next round.

Tariq Al-Sadi said in statements to Al-Mehwar TV channel: “We had hoped that the draw would put us against a team other than Al-Ahly, one of the biggest teams in Africa, but these are the provisions of the lottery.”

He added, “We will try to play with confidence and achieve a surprise against Al-Ahly, with all our respect for him and his history. It is a confrontation between 11 players against 11 players, and everything can happen over the course of the home and away matches.”

He continued, “We know that Al-Ahly is not in its best condition now, and we hope to take advantage of this situation. The Egyptian-Tunisian matches are usually characterized by enthusiasm, and we hope to honor Tunisian football.”

And he concluded: “Al-Ahly is an exposed team to us. We follow the Egyptian league as well as the brothers in Egypt follow the Tunisian league, and our coach (Darko Novich) knows the red team well, as he faced it last year when he was technical director of ES Setif.”

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