Already slim for some, many believe Etoile Sahel's chances of winning the African crown became even thinner after the final's first-leg goalless draw against Al Ahly two weeks ago. Last year's runners-up may have failed to take a lead to Cairo but they were successful in not conceding an away goal - enough ammunition to convince Nigerian striker Emeka Opara that his side will shock the title favourites when they clash again on Saturday.
 
"Many people are saying it is over, but obviously they do not know much about this game," he told FIFA.com. "I honestly believe that we have a 50/50 chance to win the title in Cairo.
 
"We can win, draw 1-1 or 2-2 to win the competition, even a goalless draw will keep our chances alive to win on penalty kicks while Ahly have no other choice but to achieve a victory."
 
The 21-year-old predicted a tough encounter in the Egyptian capital while denying claims his club would be adopting a defensive strategy after their, to some, disappointing performance ten days ago.
 
"In Sousse, we were cautious, maybe too cautious," the forward admitted, "but we know that this is our last game and our last chance. I don't think that we'll play for a scoreless draw. I think the team who wants the title should attack and score goals."
 
Opara knows that clinching the title in front of Ahly's exuberant fans will be a tough ask but points out that strong emotions can go both ways.   
 
"They will have to play under a lot of pressure because of their highly enthusiastic supporters and we will try to use that in our favour," he said. "We faced the same problem in Sousse but it's no secret that we play better when we are away from home."
 
The confident former Enyimba forward not only predicted victory in Cairo but getting his name on the scoresheet.
 
"The previous leg was very tight and defensive from both sides but this time Ahly will be forced to attack which will give us space and I intend to make use of it," he reasoned. "We will be bold and brave."
 
A bold remark but one to take seriously. Opara has a reputation for scoring crucial goals away from home, the latest in the 1-0 semi-final first leg win against North African rivals Raja Casablanca in Morocco.
 
A Nigerian, last year's loss in the final to Enyimba was particularly difficult for Opara to stomach.
 
"Last year, we lost the final but it is not going to happen again this time," he said. "We still feel the sour taste in our mouths, and every one of us will keep that in mind during our 90 minutes in Cairo.
 
"We learned our lesson and it is time to prove our worth."
 
While Ahly have been crowned the best team in Africa on three occasions - 1982, 1987 and 2001, Etoile Sahel, who hold four continental cups, are yet to win their first Champions League title.

With the 2005 champions gifted a voyage to the East, this year could well be the perfect time to break that duck.