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We have to focus on the Champions League from its start: Ahly's coach

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 Mar 2018
Ahly's coach Hossam El-Badry (Reuters)
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Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry said on Thursday that he is aware of the importance of the Champions League for the club’s fans, adding that his side is determined to make a good start in the continental competition.

The Red Devils are set to start their champions League campaign on Tuesday when they host Gabonese side Mounana in the first-leg of the competition's round of 32 at Cairo Stadium.

The second-leg will take place in Gabon on the 17th of this month.

"I know the importance of the Champions League for our fans," Ahly's coach told reporters on Thursday.

"I met with the players and I told them that to win the title we have to focus on our start."

Ahly who are on the verge of winning their third consecutive league title and the 40th in their history, have not won the Champions League title since 2012 when they lifted their eighth continental trophy.

They were close to winning the title last year but they lost the final to Moroccan side Wydad 2-1 on aggregate.

The 58-year-old coach highlighted the importance of playing again at Cairo Stadium, which has been the scene of Ahly's numerous victories.

The Cairo giants played their African games at Borg El-Arab Stadium as Egyptian authorities banned games in Cairo with fan presence.

Authorities recently gave their approval to host African matches in Cairo with a limited number of fans.

"Playing at Cairo Stadium is very important for us," he added. "It will help the team to win the title."

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