Wydad Casablanca coach Adel Ramzi says winning the inaugural African Football League (AFL) title will be a great reward for their fans.
The Morrocan giants will face South African side Mamelodi Sundowns in the first leg of Sunday’s final after edging out hosts Esperance on post-match penalties.
Ramzy dedicated the team’s qualification to the final of the first edition of the competition, to the fans of Wydad Casablanca.
“First, I thank God for qualifying, the players struggled and our fans as well, this is the best moment in my career.
“ I left Morocco to go for further studies abroad and was able to acquire my certificate and returned home to practice the coaching profession, I dedicate this qualification to the Wydad fans, and everyone who contributed to this brilliance.”
The Waydad coach expressed his desire to win the first edition of the AFL so as to give his fans something to smile about,” said the coach.
He admitted that beating Esperance was no easy feat. “We pressed and defended very well in the first half. However at some point the players got tired and created more spaces for our opponents. Esperance is a big team and so we are happy with the result,” he added.
On their way to the final, Waydad beat Nigerian side Enyimba 5-0 on goal aggregate in the first quarter-final match before edging out Esperance. They will host the first leg of the final match on Sunday.