Sunshine Stars coach, Gbenga Ogunbote speaking to Egyptian media on arrival in Cairo
Holders Esperance and Egyptian side Al Ahly are the favourites to reach the final of the African Champions League after this weekend's semi-final, second-leg ties.
Tunisians Esperance drew 0-0 with TP Mazemebe in DR Congo in their first leg, while Ahly shared a six-goal draw away to Nigerian side Sunshine Stars, reports the BBC.
Those away goals put Ahly in a strong position to reach their ninth final.
For Esperance, they have the benefit of key players returning to fitness.
Ghana defender Harrison Afful is available again and midfielders Youssef Msakni and Karim Aouadhi seems set to be fit to play after injuries.
In contrast, TP Mazembe already know they will not be at full strength. Zambia defender Stoppila Sunzu is suspended and compatriots Rainford Kalaba and Hichani Himonde will undergo late fitness tests.
However, the Lubumbashi Ravens know that a score draw would be enough to put them through on the away goals rule and they will look to captain Tresor Mputu and fellow midfielder Mbwana Samata, who have scored six goals each in Africa this season, for inspiration.
The match will watched by a crowd restricted to 25,000 because of security concerns.
In the other semi-final, Ahly are firmly in the driving seat. They know that Sunshine Stars will have to attack and that could leave the Nigerians exposed and vulnerable at the back.
Ahly coach Hossam Al Badry is preparing for Sunshine to come forward.
"I expect our opponents to attack from the start as a draw does not favour them. Sunshine have not lost hope of reaching the final and I anticipate they will fight to the end."
The match will be played at the June 30 stadium, a venue the Cairo club will be using for the first time and which will be virtually empty with the team forced once again to play behind closed doors.
No spectators have been permitted at Ahly home fixtures after more than 70 died in post-match rioting after the Cairo club lost a domestic league match against bitter rivals Al Masry last February in Port Said.
Sunshine coach, Gbenga Ogunbote blames a pre-first leg strike over unpaid signing-on fees for a below-par showing in which his side constantly played catch-up, wiping out 2-0 and 3-2 deficits.
"We trained for only four days and that is not enough when you are facing Ahly. My boys were unable to raise their game at crucial periods and I hope for a much better showing in Cairo."
The final will be staged over two legs during November with a two-week break between fixtures and the champions pocket $1.5m plus a place at the 2012 Club World Cup in Japan.