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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 October 2006, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
Rades to host Champs League final
The Rades Stadium in Tunis
Rades hosted the 2004 Nations Cup final, which was won by Tunisia

CS Sfaxien of Tunisia will host the second leg of the Champions League final in the Rades Stadium in Tunis rather than their own Olympic Stadium.

The first-time finalists will play Egypt's defending champions Ahly on Saturday 11 November.

The first leg of the final will be staged in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday 29 October.

Sfaxien have moved the match to Rades because the ground has the capacity to host 60,000 spectators as opposed to the 12,000 in Sfax.

The Tunisian club will lay on trains and buses for supporters to make the journey of 270 kilometres from Sfax to the northern-lying capital.

The move is known to go against the wishes of Sfaxien coach Mrad Mahjoub.

"I would prefer the final to be played in Sfax so that we can share the occasion with our local supporters," the coach told BBC Sport on Sunday.

"But Sfax is a Tunisian team and all Tunisians have the right to support Sfax in Rades.

"Playing in Rades will guarantee a bigger crowd and our fans are used to travelling around the country to watch the team."

Meanwhile, Ahly coach Manuel Jose believes the decision can work in his side's favour.

"They are going to play in the capital where they are considered to be the enemy. That could be good for us," the Portuguese coach said.

The match in Rades will be played at 6pm local time.



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