Having aided the Egyptian fanatically supported Al Ahly to the Egyptian Super Cup victory last week, all eyes are again on Nigeria’s Junior Ajayi to again live up to the occasion as the club prepares for a double in second leg of the CAF Champions League tie with Equatorial Guinea’s Cano Sport.
Al Ahly won the first leg, 2-0 away from home and host the second leg this weekend.
Against Cano Sport, Swiss Coach, Rene Weiler who won his debut with the first leg match, could rest some of his key players, having returned to Cairo with an away commanding win.
With strikers Marawan Mohsen and Moroccan Walid Azaro injured, there might be a chance for first leg scorer Salah Mohsen, or the attacking role might once again lie on the shoulders of Nigerian import Junior Ajayi.
With speculations rife in Egypt of his possible exit, efforts are being made to entrench him in the club. He was a surprise starter in the Super Cup match with rivals, Zamalek last Friday.
But Ajayi scored in each half to lead Al Ahly to victory, raising his individual tally in the Cairo Derby to four goals, one behind the derby’s all-time foreign top scorer Angolan Flavio Amado.
“It’s not important who plays or scores as long as the team is winning”, Ajayi was quoted by Cafonline as saying. “When I had the chance to play (against Zamalek) I gave my best and you saw what happened.
“I never said I’m leaving Ahly. I am happy here and I have a contract that lasts for three more years” concluded the 23-year old Nigerian, who won the bronze medal with the Olympic Eagles in Rio 2016.