Egypt, who have won the competition on three occasions, the last time being 2003, will be heavy favourites for this encounter against surprise qualifiers Lesotho, who are appearing in their maiden CAF finals.
Young Pharaohs coach Diaa Al-Sayed has selected a strong squad for the 2011 tournament, including players with experience in the Egyptian Premier League.
Top billing for them are the Zamalek duo of Omar Gaber and Mohamad Ibrahim, Arab Contractors striker Mohamad Salah and Masry’s first-team goalkeeper Ahmad El-Shenawy. Lesotho beat African powerhouses Mozambique, South Africa and Kenya on their way to the tournament.
The team has been brilliantly led by coach Leslie Notsi, who has built them into a strong defensive unit who give nothing away, and have the ability to score goals too.
After humbling the Mozambicans 7-2 on aggregate, they beat South Africa 3-2 over two legs, and finally saw off Kenya by a single goal in their two matches.